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Type Of Retainers

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You have a brilliant, straight smile, can feel the smoothness of your teeth, and you are allowed to eat anything you want. You have had your braces removed. After wearing braces, a patient enters the retainer phase of treatment. A retainer, designed specially for your unique smile, keeps teeth from shifting back into their original placement. The type of retainers you require depends on your personal preference and our orthodontist's professional opinion.

Hawley Retainers

The Hawley retainers’ classic design features teeth-retaining wires supported by an acrylic or plastic plate. Due to its effectiveness and few negative aspects, the Hawley is the most commonly used type of retainer. It can be adjusted throughout the retainer phase for an improved fit, it allows the patient's teeth to touch naturally, it is durable, easily cleaned, and can even be personalized with fun colors and sparkles.

Essix Retainers

Essix retainers, sometimes referred to as clear plastic retainers are popular because they are less noticeable than Hawley retainers. A clear tray formed to your teeth comprises this type of retainer, which resembles the trays used with Invisalign braces. Though they are cosmetically more appealing, the Essix retainer is not as durable as a Hawley and is also more difficult to clean.

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