Retainers & Appliances

Retention Philosophy

We try to make it very (simple) easy for our patients. Retention is a lifetime phenomenon. As we age, so do the structures that support our teeth. As those structures age and change, so do the positions of our teeth. To minimize the shifting of teeth, we recommend long-term retention. Long term retention is the placement of extremely thin wires behind the front teeth – mostly bottom and sometimes top. These wires will limit movement of teeth in the late yeen years and beyond.  This may be the time when front teeth will often shift out of alignment. By this time, the orthodontist may be long forgotten, but your teeth and bite will remain in place. For those patients who are averse to the permanent retention, they simply wear thin clear retainers every night to maintain their correction.

essixClear Retainers

Our clear retainers are transparent, removable retainers that fit over the entire arch of your teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, clear retainers have no wires. They are easier to wear. They may also be used for minor tooth movement. 

Hawley Retainers

Hawley_retainerThe Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic. It is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.