Turkish Journal of Orthodontics
Original Article

Approaches of Turkish Dentists in Cases of Orthodontic Lingual Retainer Failures


Private practice, Kahramanmaras, Turkey


Department of Restorative Dentistry, Sutcu Imam University, Kahramanmaras, Turkey

Turk J Orthod 2020; 33: 239-245
DOI: 10.5152/TurkJOrthod.2020.19040
Read: 214 Downloads: 93 Published: 28 September 2020

Objective: This study aimed to investigate the approaches of Turkish dentists in cases of orthodontic lingual retainer failures.

Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was used to quantify dentists’ approaches to lingual retainer failures. The first part of the study investigated the demographic characteristics. In the second part, dentists’ approaches to cases of failed retainers were assessed. The third part had questions related to the type of retainers bonded solely to the canines or to all the 6 anterior teeth. Descriptive statistics were done with Pearson’s χ2 test, and Mann-Whitney U test was used.

Results: A total of 320 Turkish dentists participated in the survey. Experienced and public dentists preferred to advise the patients whose retainers had failed to contact their orthodontist more frequently (p<0.05). Regarding their approach to patients who requested removal of the bonded retainer, inexperienced dentists more frequently preferred to refer the patients to an orthodontist (p<0.05). With regard to factors affecting the choice to remove a bonded retainer, the most and the least importance were attributed to the orthodontist’s opinion and the patient’s demand, respectively.

Conclusion: Turkish dentists prefer referring their patients to orthodontists rather than performing procedures in cases of failure associated with bonded retainers. Different demographic characteristics seem to have an impact on these approaches.

Cite this article as: Küçükönder A, Hatipoğlu Ö. Approaches of Turkish Dentists in Cases of Orthodontic Lingual Retainer Failures. Turk J Orthod 2020; 33(4): 239-45.




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