The Hawley retainer was named after its inventor and is the kind of retainers most people receive. It has a wire that runs across the front of the teeth which is held in place by an acrylic arch that sits on the roof of the mouth. The acrylic arch is often made of clear plastic and can have designs on it. The advantage of this retainer is that the metal wires can be adjusted to finish moving teeth as needed. It is also more durable than other retainers.
The Essix retainer, also known as a vacuum-formed retainer, is a transparent retainer that fits over the entire arch of the teeth. They are less expensive and less conspicuous than Hawley retainers but are prone to breakage, especially with patients with Bruxism.
When your treatment is complete and your braces are removed, you will be given retainers. Retainers should always be worn as directed by Dr. Azar. Using a retainer as directed is essential to create a stable tooth environment and relationship. It will also help to keep your smile perfect and beautiful.
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