Types of Retainers

At Hohl Orthodontics, we can’t stress enough just how important the retention phase of your orthodontic treatment is! Your retention phase of your treatment begins once we remove your braces and will last approximately two years or until you are 18 years of age.

The retention phase is a crucial part of your final orthodontic result. All of the hard work you put in while wearing braces is not the end of your treatment; it is vital to always be faithful about wearing your retainer as instructed by Dr. Hohl. Please call our office if you have any concerns regarding your retainer.

Fixed Wire Retainers:

Fixed Wire RetainersWhen you get your braces off or you are done with your Invisalign aligners, fixed wire retainers will be placed on the upper and lower teeth to prevent the teeth from shifting back. The upper fixed wire is placed so you can floss normally. The lower fixed wire requires the use of a floss threader in five areas on the lower arch to clean the area fully.

Hawley Retainer:

Hawley RetainerA hawley retainer is made of acrylic and stainless steel clasps to hold the retainer onto the teeth. This type of retainer is primarily used when permanent teeth have been extracted or when a palatal expander has been used. It will help prevent spaces from opening and it will also help maintain the expansion that was gained from the palatal expander. There are many colors to choose from and you can even add sparkles to your appliance.

Clear Retainer:

Clear RetainerClear retainers keep everything in place when the braces come off. However the clear removable retainer is not a long-term retention method after removal of braces. These types of retainers can become cracked after long use and they can become stained and clouded over time with daily use. You can discuss with Dr. Hohl which retainer method would be the right one for you.