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Retainers

Woman wearing orthodontic retainers

Maintaining Your Beautiful Smile for a Lifetime

Retention is a way to keep teeth in their desired position and a retainer is the appliance that is used. A period of time is needed to stabilize the final tooth positions so that the surrounding bone and soft tissues can conform to your new dental alignment. Your teeth will move throughout your lifetime and wearing retainers can prevent your teeth from going back to their original position again.

Types of Retainers

  • Essix Retainer
    Essix retainers are removable retainers made entirely of transparent plastic which makes them less noticeable than traditional wire retainers.
  • Hawley Retainer
    The Hawley retainer is a removable retainer, which consists of a metal wire that typically surrounds the six anterior teeth and keeps them in place.
  • Permanent Retainers
    Depending on your bite, you may do well with “permanent” (called “fixed”) orthodontic retainers. A wire is attached to the backside of your teeth.
Each individual retainer is suggested depending on the bite and the nature of the case.
Types of retainers

Retainer Instructions

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