Braces and Invisalign create a beautiful smile, but your retainer maintains it. Retainers are used to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

Types of retainers

Our doctors will help you choose the type of retainer that best fits your needs. Types of retainers include Hawley Retainers, Essix Retainers and permanent retainers.

  • Hawley Retainers are made of metal and acrylic.
  • Essix Retainers or clear retainers are made of clear plastic that looks similar to Invisalign aligners
  • Permanent Retainers are bonded to the back of your teeth.

How to keep your retainer clean

While you wear your retainer, it can accumulate bacteria, plaque and tartar. So just like needing to brush your teeth every day, you need to clean your retainer daily as well. Keeping your retainer clean and undamaged will ensure that it works properly and doesn’t cause other oral hygiene problems. Learn how to keep your retainer clean here.


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