It’s exciting to finally get your braces off and move into the retainer stage. The object of the retention is to keep the teeth in their treated position after the braces are removed long enough for the body to adjust to the new dental environment. Once that physiological adjustment is made, the dentition is not likely to migrate appreciably. Here are a few things you should know about the different types of retainers.

Fixed Retainers:

Fixed Retainers

It is a wire contoured and bonded permanently to the lingual surfaces of all the anterior teeth… Often, you might not realize that the retainer has detached until one or more teeth begin to move out of position. Regular dental checkups are crucial to ensure that the retainer is in good condition and because the wires are attached to the back of either your upper or lower teeth with a form of cement, there’s a common opportunity for calculus to build up against the surfaces. You’ll need to be doubly conscientious about dental hygiene while wearing a permanent retainer to avoid this problem. At some point, you might feel or be advised that you’ve worn it for long enough, and want to replace it with removable retainers to use at night.

Hawley Retainers:

Hawley Retainers

They are removable retainers made of bendable wire and acrylic or plastic. The wire goes across the front of your teeth, and the acrylic is molded to fit perfectly inside your mouth. Hawley retainers are available in a large variety of colors and styles.

Essix Retainers:

Essix Retainers

They are removable retainers that are made entirely of transparent plastic, which makes them less noticeable than traditional wire retainers. … Unlike some wire retainers, Essix retainers cover the entire arch of the teeth.