Bonded Palatal Retainer (BPR)
Description: A Bonded Palatal Retainer Appliance (BPR) is usually comprised of a braided stainless steel wire that connects to the lingual (back) surfaces of the front teeth. Composite resin (dental restorative material) is used to adhere the appliance to the teeth.
Usage: The Bonded Palatal Retainer Appliance (BPR) is used to maintain a previous orthodontic result or to simply prevent undesirable movement of the teeth. Retention appliances are typically worn full-time for one year following orthodontic therapy to allow for remodeling of the bones and gums and then nightly thereafter to maintain the orthodontic correction.
Cleaning: We encourage patients to clean the appliance with toothpaste and a toothbrush each and every time the teeth are brushed. Flossing – threading the floss under the appliance at each point of contact – is advised at least once a day.
What to Expect: Upon initial placement, there may be some tongue obstruction, but your speech will be back to normal in just a few days.
Dr. Bronsky’s Tip: Read your favorite book, magazine, etc. to yourself in front of the mirror for five minutes a day – your speech will be perfect in no time.
Please Note: The BPR has a greater frequency of debonding (breaking off) as the lower teeth often contact the appliance. It may be helpful to wear a removable retainer while sleeping to prevent trauma to the BPR while preserving the appliance.
Remember: Retention is as important as the treatment itself and is essential to the long-term maintenance of your new bite and smile.