Orthodontic retainers are customised functional devices that hold teeth in position after braces have been removed, or surgery to realign teeth has occurred. There are three main types of retainers, including:
Also referred to as “overlay” retainers because they completely cover the teeth, Essix orthodontic appliances are made from clear plastic.
Bonded lingual retainers
Often referred to as Permanent Fixed Lingual Retention, these metal wires are not visible as they are permanently bonded on the inside of the teeth.
Considered the oldest retainer in orthodontics, the Hawley retainer typically wraps around the front surface of the teeth and features an acrylic arch.
This retention part of your treatment is one of the most important phases. All that hard work moving your teeth, we need to hold them in that position and allow them to settle.
Retainers are to be worn full time, 24/7. Only removed to eat, drink and for contact sports. The wear time of retainers does lessen over time according to the orthodontist’s instructions, however this is a very important part of treatment and needs cooperation so you can continue to enjoy your beautiful smile.