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Retention

Hawley Retainers

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, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.

 

Essix 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. They are inexpensive and easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.

 

Lingual Bonded

Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire.

If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Fixed Retainer (Mandibular) - Link to Video

 

PCSO Article  by Drs. Parker and Sears about bonded lower retainers.

Here are some designs and colors that may be available for your retainer:

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American Flag Ants Apple Baseball Bucks
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Blackout Bullfrog Camouflage Celebrate City Lights
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Class of Cosmos Dice Dolphin Raiders
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Ninth Hole Colts Colts #2 Giants Hello Kitty
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Tux Steelers New year Hornets

    

 

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