Ribbond post-orthodontic fixed retainers are an excellent alternative to directly bonded wire. Esthetic, comfortable and fracture tough, Ribbond retainers are easy to make and will bond with any light cured composites. Ribbond retainers prevent rotation of the teeth because they are bonded at the interproximal contacts. Especially popular for adult patients Ribbond retainers have high patient acceptance.
Since 1992 Ribbond has been the #1 choice for fiber reinforcement by independent evaluators. Ribbond's ease of use, durability and esthetics make it an excellent option for post-orthodontic retention. .
Ribbond retainers are made directly and will bond to any light cured composites. For permanent retainers, some patients prefer it recessed within a shallow preparation.
Ribbond is offered in numerous sizes.
Use Orthodontic-THM for healthy teeth with 0.5 mobility or less.Use 2 mm or 3 mm Ribbond-THM for periodontal cases with more than 0.5 mobility.
Prepare the teeth for bonding using your standard bonding procedure. Apply a thin layer of a paste composite at the level of the interproximal contacts.
Wet the Ribbond with unfilled bonding resin (sealant). Adapt the Ribbond into the composite. Like a bonded bracket, the fixed Ribbond retainer must be closely laminated against the tooth.
Hold the adapted Ribbond against the tooth with your finger. Use an instrument to place the Ribbond into the interproximal contacts closely against the adjacent teeth. Continue one tooth at a time until the entire Ribbond retainer is placed.
The placement of a Ribbond retainer is different than a wire. The Ribbond is closely adapted against the teeth and deep into the interproximal contacts.
After placement, remove extra composite and cure.
Using applicator brushes, instruments or needle tipped syringes apply a thin coat of flowable composite over the Ribbond. Cure.
Esthetic and comfortable, the Ribbond retainer is complete.
Cut a shallow preparation in the teeth with a #4 round diamond, at the level of the interproximal contacts, and prepare teeth for bonding.
Place a thin layer of paste composite in the preparation. Wet the Ribbond with bonding resin and press the Ribbond through the composite and against the base of the preparation.Cure.
An additional layer of composite is applied so that the retainer is flush with the surrounding tooth structure.The finished retainer "disappears" within the composite and has no bulk
Unlike a metal wire Ribbond offers superior esthetics and is not visible.