Retention

Once we remove your braces we will move into the retention stage of your treatment. Maintaining the results you achieved during the treatment phase is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. Your final orthodontic result depends on how well you wear your retainers. It's important to follow the instructions given to you.

 Hawley Retainer

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The removable hawley  is considered the "traditional" retainer.  Its construction involves plastic (acrylic) and wires.  The plastic portion covers the roof of the mouth or lies along the tongue side of the lower teeth and comes in a variety of colors.  Wire clasps grasp back molar teeth to anchor the retainer while a metal retaining bow wire runs across the front of the teeth to maintain alignment.

Essix Retainer

 Essix Retainer

 The Essix retainer is a clear, plastic removable retainer that fully covers the teeth to help maintain alignment. Essix retainers have no metal wires and are virtually invisible. They are durable, easy to wear and are normally less expensive than the traditional retainers.

 

Bonded or Fixed Retainer

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A small wire is positioned on the backside of the front teeth and is attached or bonded to the teeth to maintain alignment.  This type of retainer is considered a "permanent" retainer in the fact the patient can not remove it.

This type of retainer is normally placed behind the lower front teeth.  While less common, bonded retainers can be utilized with the upper teeth.  Although, the patients bite sometimes make this impossible to use on top teeth.

Bonded retainers are typically left in place indefinitely.

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