2. A Hawley Retainer consists of a acrylic portion that sits on the roof of your mouth or under your tongue, and a wire that holds your teeth in place. The acrylic portion can be made in a variety of colors. This retainer is removable, which makes it easy to clean, but also may make it more prone to breakage or loss. Your orthodontist will provide you with a hard carrying case to keep your Hawley retainer clean and safe when you’re not wearing it.
3. Clear plastic removable retainers look a lot like an Invisalign® aligner, and are made using an impression of your teeth.Clear removable retainers are a great option because they are easy to clean and virtually invisible to others.
Taking Care of Your Retainer
Caring for your retainers is normally quick and easy. Removable retainers should be brushed with a toothbrush and water or toothpaste, and rinsed then dried. When not in use, your retainer should be stored in a hard case, and the case should also be kept clean. Fixed, or bonded retainers should be kept free of food particles and debris, using the same brushing and flossing techniques as if you had braces. Your doctor will examine your retainers during regular visits, so it’s important to bring them with you during your check-up appointment. Most retainers will last for years, but they do need to be replaced or rebonded at times. If you break your retainer, it’s important to contact our office to have the retainer repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Your orthodontist will consult with you to determine which type of retainer is best for you. It’s very important to wear your retainer(s) as instructed by your orthodontist, in order to ensure that all of the hard work you put in during orthodontic treatment will last for the rest of your life.