Retention is any Phase of treatment where a retainer is worn to keep the teeth in their final position. The different types of retainers we use include:
- Hawley Retainers
- Essix Retainers
- Bonded Retainers
Hawley retainers are the traditional retainers that are plastic acrylic on the inside, and have a metal bar that fits around the teeth. These retainers are very robust, and are adjustable for minor tooth movements.
Essix retainers are clear thermoplastic retainers that provide full coverage of the teeth. These retainers are very easy to wear, and may protect your teeth if you grind. These retainers are not easily adjusted, but they can move the teeth back into place so long as the movement is less than 1mm.
Bonded retainers, also called “permanent” retainers, consist of a small wire directly bonded to the tongue side of the teeth, hidden from view. A bonded retainer is convenient as you don’t have to remember to wear it, but certain foods must be avoided so not to break this type of retainer while eating.