Orthodontic retainers are custom-made devices used to maintain the position of teeth after orthodontic treatment. They can be removable or fixed in place, and are typically worn for a specified period of time to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions. Retainers can be made of a variety of materials, such as acrylic and wire or clear plastic. Retainers are designed to fit the unique shape of each patient’s individual teeth.
There are several types of retainers that orthodontists can provide. The best option will be chosen based on the patient’s needs, the orthodontist’s recommendation, and the patient’s preference.
Hawley Retainers: These are removable retainers made of acrylic and wire. They are custom-made to fit the patient’s teeth and can be adjusted as needed.
Essix Clear Retainers: These are clear, removable retainers made of thin, transparent plastic. They fit over the teeth like a mouthguard.
Fixed Retainers: These are permanent retainers that are bonded to the back of the teeth with a wire. They are not visible from the front of the teeth.
Bonded Lingual Retainers: These are permanent retainers that are bonded to the back of the front teeth with a wire. They are also not visible from the front of the teeth.