A retainer is an orthodontic appliance that is worn after braces. They help hold the teeth in place to ensure that no shifting occurs after the braces are removed. Retainers can be either permanent or removable. Regardless of the type of retainer you have, it is important to wear it as recommended to maintain the results from your braces treatment. A lack of retainer use can result in the teeth shifting out of their position, which may require a repeated braces treatment.
We offer 3 different types of retainers;
- Clear Retainer – A clear retainer is a removable, discreet retainer that is clear in colour and fits around the teeth similar to a mouthguard. It is clear in colour so that it does not affect the appearance of the smile. Since it is removable, it is recommended that patients remove it while eating, brushing, and flossing.
- Traditional Wire Retainer – Wire retainers are the most common type of retainer; they are also known as Hawley retainers. These retainers have an acrylic base which sits on the roof of the mouth. From the base, a single wire reaches around and along the front of the teeth to secure their position. Wire retainers are removable so that patients can eat, brush, and floss without hindrance.
- Permanent Retainer – A permanent retainer, also called a bonded retainer or a lingual retainer, is a single wire that is cemented behind the teeth. Permanent retainers offer a discreet look, without affecting the smile. However, since they are not removable, patients will have to take extra care when brushing or flossing to ensure that there is no food caught in the appliance.
If you are in need of a retainer, please make an appointment online via our website for an orthodontic consultation.