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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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Permanent or Fixed Retainers

Depending on your lifestyle and the tendency of your teeth to shift, we might recommend a permanent or fixed retainer. This type of retainer is bonded to the back of your six front bottom teeth to hold them in place 24/7. A fixed retainer is ideal for patients who require a retainer all day and night. While it is not visible, it can make flossing difficult and bother the patient's tongue. Permanent retainers are typically only used if and when a patient's orthodontic needs require one. Once teeth are sufficiently retained, a fixed retainer may be removed and replaced with another type of retainers.

Knowing Which Type of Retainers Are Right for You

The day we remove your braces, we will also fit you for the type of retainers which will best preserve your new smile. Our orthodontist will work with you to establish a retainer phase plan (type of retainers and the schedule/duration worn). We will discuss the pros and cons of each of the three types of retainers, any specific needs your individual smile might have, and provide you with instructions on how to use and care for your new orthodontic equipment.

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