Braces help create a beautiful, healthy smile, retainers are necessary to maintain your results. Retainers help hold teeth in correct alignment while bone, gums and muscles adjust to the new tooth position. Retainers also minimize changes in tooth position that occur with age and time. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers so please wear them as instructed!
The Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in position.
The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires.
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower front teeth. Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire.