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Types of Retainers Explained

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

Retainers are used to correct issues with the teeth or jaw. Some types of retainers are removable and others are permanently attached to the bottom front teeth. This article will cover some of the different types of retainers starting with the most common.

Types of Retainers

Hawley Retainers


Hawley retainers are the most common type of dental retainer. They are made of metal wire and acrylic, and are designed to fit each individual’s mouth. They work by applying gentle pressure on the teeth to keep them in their new position after orthodontic treatment. Hawley retainers are adjustable, so they can be adjusted to fit the individual’s mouth perfectly. The metal wires are also customizable and can be bent to fit the contours of the patient’s teeth.


Clear Retainers


Clear retainers are an increasingly popular alternative to Hawley retainers. They are made of a clear, plastic material that is molded to fit the individual’s teeth. Clear retainers are almost invisible and often go unnoticed by others. They are also much less noticeable than metal retainers. Clear retainers can be removed for cleaning and eating, making them more convenient than other types of retainers.


Fixed Retainers


Fixed retainers are a permanent type of dental retainer. They are usually made of a thin wire that is bonded to the back of the teeth, and they are designed to keep the teeth in place after orthodontic treatment. Fixed retainers are not removable, so they must be cleaned properly to prevent bacteria buildup. They can last for several years, but they may need to be replaced if they become loose or damaged.


Essix Retainers

Essix retainers are another popular type of dental retainer. They are made of a thin, clear plastic material that is vacuum-formed to fit the shape of the individual’s teeth. Essix retainers are removable, so they can be taken out for cleaning and eating. They are also more comfortable than other types of retainers, as they don’t have any metal wires or brackets. Essix retainers are also much less noticeable than other types of retainers.


Removable Palatal Retainers


Removable palatal retainers are a type of retainer that is worn inside the mouth, typically on the roof of the mouth. They are typically made of plastic or acrylic and are used to keep the teeth from shifting after orthodontic treatment.


Vacuum-Formed Retainers

Vacuum-formed retainers are a type of retainer that is made from a thin sheet of plastic that has been vacuum-formed to the shape of the patient’s teeth. They are typically used to keep the teeth in their new position following orthodontic treatment.


Combination Retainers

Combination retainers are a type of retainer that combines the features of a bonded retainer and a removable retainer. They are typically made of stainless steel and plastic and have wires that are bonded to the back of the teeth and a removable retainer that is worn on the roof of the mouth.



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