Show off your beautiful smile,
not your retainer.
Gentle on teeth
- Retainers 101
- Planning phaseDiagnosis and treatment plan is established by the orthodontist to effectively align the teeth.
- Active phaseDoctor prescribes custom orthodontic device(s) to gently move the teeth into proper alignment.
- Retention phaseCustom-made orthodontic retainer is prescribed to prevent relapseAny change from the final tooth position at the end of orthodontic treatment. while the jawbone and periodontal tissuesTissues that both surround and support the teeth reform around aligned teeth.
- Manufactured in Canada with food-grade materials only from the US
- Gentle on teeth
- Virtually unbreakable
- BPA free
- Virtually resistant to stains
- Unaffected by sunlight
- Squirt the oral appliance foam cleaner on both sides of your retainer.
- Gently scrub both sides of the acrylic plate using your fingers. If necessary use a very soft bristled toothbrush.
- Use a wet cotton swab to gently clean the metal work and both surfaces of the ClearBow.
- Rinse the retainer.
- Gently pat the retainer dry prior to storing.
- Ensure your retainer case is clean and dry.
- Do not place your retainer in a microwave, oven or boiling water for cleaning your retainer.
- Do not use a hairdryer on high heat to dry off your retainer after cleaning.
- Do not use toothpaste, baking soda, mouthwashes or denture cleaning tablets for cleaning your retainer.
- Price for a retainer made with the ClearBow
- Replacing a steel wire on your current retainer for a ClearBow
- Adding decals, colors and designs to your retainer
- Retainer wear instructions
- Blue / Bleu
- Red / Rouge
- Grey / Gris
- Yellow / Jaune
- Green / Vert
- Pink / Rose
- Black / Noir
- Purple / Mauve
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There are 3 phases to an orthodontic treatment in the following order:
When the retention phaseCustom-made orthodontic retainer is prescribed to prevent relapseAny change from the final tooth position at the end of orthodontic treatment. while the jawbone and periodontal tissuesTissues that both surround and support the teeth reform around aligned teeth. begins, a custom made orthodontic retainer (Fig. 1) is prescribed for keeping the patient’s teeth straight. The orthodontic retainer helps prevent relapseAny change from the final tooth position at the end of orthodontic treatment. while the periodontal tissuesTissues that both surround and support the teeth and jawbone reform around the aligned teeth.
In many cases, patients are required to wear their retainer day and night for the first 6-12 months. After this period, many patients can wear their retainer less frequently on a continual basis recommended by their doctor.
Throughout the retention phaseCustom-made orthodontic retainer is prescribed to prevent relapseAny change from the final tooth position at the end of orthodontic treatment. while the jawbone and periodontal tissuesTissues that both surround and support the teeth reform around aligned teeth. it’s very important that patients are compliant with their retainer wear instructions provided by their doctor, as this may help ensure a beautiful smile.
The ClearBow is an aesthetic component used in the fabrication of retainers and other types of orthodontic appliances. The ClearBow comprises a clear plastic strap that is designed to provide patients with superior aesthetics, optimum tooth contact for superior retention and unparalleled durability for a longer lasting retainer. Conventional steel wires are unsightly, can scratch teeth and also provide very little tooth surface contact.
The ClearBow is a virtually transparent, encouraging patients to wear their orthodontic retainers and show off their beautiful new smile without feeling self-conscious.
Gentle on tooth enamel, veneered teeth and restorations
Because the ClearBow is softer than conventional steel wires, it does not scratch tooth enamel, restorations or veneered teeth.
Virtually resistant to stains
Cold or hot beverages such as cranberry juice, coffee, hot chocolate, cola, tea and red wine will not stain or distort the ClearBow.
Free from BPA
PWG Orthodontic Specialties LTD. values the health and safety of all patients undergoing their orthodontic treatment. That’s why the ClearBow is manufactured using high quality food-grade materials without any BPA (Bysphenol A), a chemical that is banned in Canada and
deemed potentially harmful to health.
Anatomically designed to provide more tooth surface contact
The ClearBow is anatomically designed at 2.75 mm (.11″) wide with a concave structure to provide optimum tooth contact for superior retention. This is very beneficial if patients had very crooked teeth prior to orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes retainers are placed under stresses that could cause the labial wireA component of removable orthodontic appliances which helps in retracting and retaining the 6 front teeth. to weaken and possibly break. The ClearBow is specially designed to better withstand these common stressors, ensuring your retainer’s ongoing durability and dependability for keeping your teeth straight.
Made in Canada with the high quality food-grade materials only from the US
The ClearBow is proudly made in Canada with 2 food grade materials sourced only from the US; polyethylene terephthalate and stainless steel grade 316. These materials are widely used for different applications in the dental, pharmaceutical, food and beverage industry.
Retainer made with a ClearBow compared to vacuum formed retainers / trays
Retainers made with the ClearBow do not cover the entire tooth like vacuum formed retainers / trays. This allows for more saliva to flow around the patient’s teeth to protect tooth enamel and clean away food and bacteria.
Retainers made with the ClearBow are fabricated using highly durable components that are subjected to little or no stresses when in the mouth. This is due to the retainer not covering the biting surfaces of the teeth like vacuum formed retainers / trays. This maximizes the retainer’s durability and ongoing reliability for keeping teeth straight and smiles beautiful.
Retainers made with the ClearBow are “anatomically friendly” as they allow the patient’s upper and lower teeth to come together when the mouth is closed. This is due to the retainer not covering the biting surfaces of the teeth like vacuum formed retainers / trays.
Retainers made with the ClearBow can include contact information, different colors, designs and stickers, making this type of aesthetic retainer even more unique, colorful and easier to identify.
Retainer made with the ClearBow compared to fixed bonded lingual wires
Fixed bonded lingual wiresare subjected to masticating forces and harder to clean.
This type of retention option is more subject to biting forces which can cause 2 things to happen if the wire is bitten; the wire will impart forces to the teeth causing them to shift / rotate [FIG. 1], or the wire partially dislodges from the teeth which would constantly poke the tongue [FIG. 2]. Flossing teeth becomes more time consuming because the patient will be required to force the floss under the wire for each bonded tooth [FIG. 3]. Fixed bonded lingual wires make it easier for little pieces of food to get trapped between the wire and teeth [FIG. 3]. Fixed bonded lingual wires may also promote more plaque build-up as it is harder for patients to brush around [FIG. 3]
Retainers with the ClearBow are not subjected to biting forces. Before playing sports, eating or brushing and flossing teeth, patients simply remove their retainer and re-insert it when they’re done.
Cleaning your retainer on a daily basis is essential for reducing the risk of contamination and safeguarding the retainer’s aesthetic features.
Oral appliance cleaners help eliminate calcium build-up, accumulation of bacteria and prevent unwanted odors.
Because retainers made with the ClearBow have soldered joints, it is important to use an oral appliance cleaner that does not deteriorate the retainer’s metal work.
Below you will find a list of oral appliance cleaners that we have tested on retainers made with the ClearBow during a 5 month period between (February 2013 – June 2013). These products did not affect the ClearBow or the solder joints.
If you use a soaking type oral appliance cleaner like DentaSoak® or Retainer Splash™, be sure to follow steps 4 – 6 below after your orthodontic retainer is cleaned.
If you use a foam type oral appliance cleaner like Polident® Fresh Cleanse, be sure to follow steps 1 – 6 below.
Steps for cleaning your retainer
Oral appliance cleaners that can be used for retainers made with the ClearBow
Retainer Splash™: www.retainersplash.com
Polident® Retainer Cleaner tablets: http://www.expertsmiles.ca/Products.aspx?iso=en#PolidentSection
Polident® Fresh Cleanse: http://www.expertsmiles.ca/Products.aspx?iso=en#PolidentSection
For information relating to the points below, please consult your doctor.
The ClearBow does not contain any BPA.
We left a ClearBow outside for 45 days during the summer of 2013. The shape and color of the ClearBow did not change.
No, the ClearBow is unaffected by boiling water. *Important: Do not use boiling water for cleaning your retainer as this will warp the acrylic plate.
Color, design and decal options for orthodontic retainers vary for every doctor. The images below are for demonstration purposes only.
Traditional steel retainers that leave you hiding an unsightly “wire smile” are a thing of the past. Now you can confidently show off your beautiful new smile with the ClearBow; a new clear wire used in the fabrication of orthodontic retainers. The ClearBow is designed to provide you with superior aesthetics, optimum retention and greater tooth comfort.