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Changes in tooth position are a lifelong and naturally occurring phenomenon, and to maintain the result created by your orthodontic treatment, retainers must be worn. While small changes after treatment are normal, retainers prevent teeth from going back to their original positions.

Do I Need a Retainer?

Retainers are prescribed for two reasons:

  • To allow the bone that holds teeth to rebuild after teeth have moved
  • To maintain the healthy new positions of teeth after active orthodontic treatment ends 

Your body changes your whole life, including your teeth!

Wire Retainer

Wire retainers, also known as Hawley retainers, are made from a combination of an acrylic or hard plastic plate connected by a metal wire. Your orthodontist will mold the retainer to fit comfortably on the roof of your mouth while the wire goes against your teeth. One fun aspect of wire retainers is that the acrylic or plastic plate can come in a variety of colors, including tie dye. Plus, because it’s against the roof of your mouth, you don’t have to worry about it being visible even if you do opt for a colored retainer.
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Clear Retainer

Clear retainers are removable plastic trays that patients wear following orthodontic treatment to maintain their result.
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Fixed Retainer

A fixed retainer, also known as a bonded or lingual retainer, consists of a thin, custom-fitted wire that is bonded to the tongue-side of upper or lower teeth.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Browse our list of frequently asked questions about retainers. If you can’t find an answer to your question, contact us and we will supply you with an answer and any other information you may need.