Retainers

Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers are removable dental appliances used post-orthodontic treatment to preserve tooth alignment. Comprising an acrylic base, metal wires, and clasps, they prevent relapse by stabilizing teeth. Custom-made for each patient, these retainers are adjustable and may include clasps for enhanced retention. Their removability allows for convenience during eating and brushing. Hawley retainers are a durable, classic solution for maintaining orthodontic corrections, emphasizing the importance of compliance for lasting results.

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Labial Bow Retainers

Labial bow retainers are orthodontic appliances used to maintain the position of teeth after braces. Custom-made from wire, they fit behind front teeth, providing gentle pressure to prevent relapse. Effective in preserving orthodontic results, they are discreet and comfortable for long-term wear.

Bonded Retainers

Space Maintainers

Space maintenance in dentistry focuses on preserving gaps within the dental arch, particularly in children, to facilitate the proper eruption and alignment of permanent teeth. Fixed and removable space maintainers, customized for each patient, are commonly used. Types include band and loop space maintainers and distal shoe appliances.

Lingual Retainer

Lingual retainers are invisible dental retainers bonded to the back surfaces of teeth, ensuring the maintenance of orthodontic corrections without visibility. Their invisibility from the front enhances esthetic appeal, and while not removable by the patient, lingual retainers are generally well-tolerated and do not interfere with speech.

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Wrap Around Retainer

A wrap-around retainer, also called a circumferential retainer, is designed to maintain the corrected alignment of teeth post-orthodontic treatment, preventing relapse. It consists of a custom-shaped wire made of stainless steel or another durable material that fully encircles either the upper or lower dental arch. The wire is permanently bonded to the lingual surfaces of the teeth using dental adhesive. Despite initial adjustment, wrap-around retainers are generally well-tolerated, providing continuous retention without patient removal.

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Clear Retainers

Clear retainers, made from a transparent, BPA-free plastic, are used post-orthodontic treatment to maintain tooth alignment. Customized for each individual, they are inconspicuous and removable for eating and special occasions. Initially worn full-time, they transition to nighttime wear over time. Comfortable and lacking metal components, clear retainers require regular cleaning for hygiene.