When we remove your braces, you will begin the retention stage of your treatment. After your first retainer check appointment, you may be advised to go to nighttime wear. As long as you would like your teeth to stay straight is how long you will need to wear your retainers. Retainers are for life!
Hawley (Classic Retainer)
The Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth and the wire along with acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.
Essix (Clear Retainer)
The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires.
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface teeth. There are most common on the lower and are sometimes an option for the upper, depending on your bite. We can let you know if you are a candidate for these.