RETAINER WEAR IS ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAIN YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE
To keep your smile at its best, you must wear retainer instructions to preserve your results. Retainers are needed to limit changes in tooth position after your treatment ends. All retainers are custom-made for each patient and can be removable or glued in.
TYPES OF RETAINERS
Hawleys, also known as a “traditional retainers” typically include a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth, which is attached to an acrylic arch that rests in the palate and/or tongue space. Thesewires may need to be adjusted over time to improve the fit.
Essix are “Invisalign-style” retainers that look similar to clear aligners and offer a more esthetic alternative to the Hawley retainers. Each of these clear retainers fits over all of your teeth.
A bonded retainer, or fixed retainer, is a wire glued behind the upper or lower incisors. There are pros and cons of each type of retainer which will be discussed with you after you finish orthodontic treatment with us.