As teeth have a natural tendency to move back towards where they came from, the use of bonded/fixed and/or removable retainers, after treatment, is just as important as Orthodontic treatment itself.

A Bonded Retainer is a very thin piece of wire, which is attached to the inside surface of the anterior teeth using a composite bond. Excellent Oral Hygiene, including flossing, is required and regular check-ups with a General Dentist is recommended.


A removable retainer is made from a very thin plastic material and is fit over the teeth. We recommend wearing them on a full-term basis for one week after Orthodontic treatment has complete and then every night on a long-term basis.

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Derek A. Sheils, B.D.S. N.U.I., F.D.S.R.C.S. Eng., MSc. Ulond., M. Orth. R.C.S.Edin.

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8 Summerhill, Tramore

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26/7/2022 Covid 19 protocols

Please do not attend for an appointment if you have symptoms of Covid 19. We would ask you to continue to wear a mask in the practice until you are seated in the dental chair

We aim to reduce numbers of people moving through the practice and to observe social distancing within the premises as much as possible. Therefore, if you feel it necessary, one parent can attend the practice with the patient .

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