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  • Writer's pictureDr. Mark Feinberg


It is exciting to finally get your braces off and move into the retainer stage. A retainer is an appliance recommended for patients who have had orthodontic treatment to straighten and align their teeth. Retainers are worn to keep the teeth in position and prevent them from moving. There are different types of retainers available, including fixed and removable versions. We will recommend the best type of retainer for you based on your orthodontic treatment.

Types Of Retainers

  • Fixed This type of retainer is bonded onto the back of the front teeth and it helps to retain the position of the teeth with maximum discretion. The retainer is not visible when you smile. This treatment is slightly limited in that it only protects the front teeth. It is also more difficult to clean than a removable retainer.

  • Hawley Hawley retainers are custom-designed removable retainers made from plastic and a metal wire. While these retainers are easy to clean, they are the most noticeable type of retainer.

  • Vivera This type of retainer is compatible with Invisalign treatment. A Vivera retainer is a clear removable aligner that is thicker and more durable than the Invisalign aligners.

  • Essix The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign trays, Essix retainers have no wires. They are inexpensive and easier to wear.

Why Are Retainers So Important? It important to wear a retainer to support the teeth and hold them in their new position. If you neglect wearing your retainer, this can contribute to relapse and cause all the good work that has been achieved over the past months or years to be undone.

Consultation If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us today at 203-513-2014.

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