A retainer is a type of orthodontic appliance provided after you have completed your treatment. Retainers help keep your teeth in their proper places, preventing them from shifting back to previous positions so that you can maintain your beautiful, balanced smile.
After you complete your treatment, your teeth will be correctly aligned but not necessarily permanently fixed in place. It takes time for your teeth to stabilize and maintain their positions. Retainers keep your teeth correctly aligned so that your smile stays straight and beautiful.
There are several types of retainers our orthodontist may recommend:
- Hawley retainers — this type of retainer consists of wires and clasps embedded in a plastic body that covers the roof of the mouth or lies alongside the tongue-side of the teeth.
- Clear (Essix) retainers — these retainers are made from clear plastic and fit over your teeth. They are similar to clear aligners in appearance.
- Fixed retainers — these retainers are permanently bonded to the back surfaces of your teeth to prevent them from shifting out of place.