Health & Lifestyle

October 5, 2018 at 7:03 am

Types of Removable Retainers

Crooked TeethStraightening crooked teeth is typically done using braces. There are now clear braces which will enhance patient compliance with treatment since they are generally invisible. After the braces, you will need retainers to maintain the achieved position of the teeth for some time.

There are different types of dental retainers including permanent and removable retainers. Among the removable retainers on the market are Hawley and Essix or invisible retainer, which is available is at Orthodenco Orthodenco Lab.

Here are some tidbits on these removable retainers.

Clear Retainers

These have the same discreet convenience and appearance as clear aligners. They are constructed from acrylic and form a snug fit on the upper and lower teeth. Clear retainers are generally used for less serious cases of dental misalignment and for a longer period compared to Hawley retainers. They are however non-adjustable and at times interfere with a wearer’s speech.

Hawley Retainers

These are currently the common retainers on the market. Their construction design comprises clasps and wires anchored on a fairly thick plastic body. Your clients can opt to have their Hawley retainer in different colors for a personalized design. The retainers are adjustable and can be fine-tuned based on your clients’ dental alignment progress. Hawley retainers are used for teeth which were initially severely misaligned teeth. They are unfortunately non-discrete and might interfere with your client’s speech.

Positioning Retainers

These are constructed of rubber. They are used if you need to further adjust your clients’ teeth after removal of braces rather than hold them in position. You can adjust positioning retainers throughout the patient’s treatment to enhance the results.

The above removable retainers are easy for your clients to maintain since they can be removed for flossing and brushing or when eating. They will also prove more convenient compared to fixed retainers for your clients. This boosts your clients’ compliance with treatment.