Definition : Retainers designed for use in dental treatments, either for permanent use as prosthesis support or for temporary use in orthodontic and/or restoration procedures. Retainers are typically metallic casts, wires, or bands that may be an integral component of fixed prostheses, partial dentures, or orthodontic devices. Retainers intended to maintain natural or artificial teeth in an appropriate position are usually attached to abutment teeth; temporary retainers used in orthodontic procedures are used for relatively long periods of time (e.g., weeks, months, years) while temporary retainers intended to held matrix bands used to contour and confine dental restorative materials are used only during the dental procedure.
Entry Terms : "Dental Retainers"
UMDC code : 23641