As your trusted Kansas City orthodontist, White Orthodontics strives to give you the best when it comes to high quality orthodontic treatments such as braces and Invisalign. For those who happen to undergo orthodontic treatment, it may be a relief when you finally get to remove your braces or other orthodontic appliances, but the process isn’t quite over yet. You’ll then move onto the retention phase. In this phase, you’ll wear a retainer for the next 24 months. The retainer is used to make sure that your teeth stay straight and don’t shift back into misalignment. Retainers come in a variety of different types and they include the following.

Hawley Retainers

Retention1One of the most common types of retainers is the Hawley retainer. The Hawley retainer is a removable retainer that is made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic. This retainer is specifically made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits comfortably in the roof of your mouth while the wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. Additionally, the acrylic can be personalized with a large variety of colors and patterns.

Fixed Retainers

Retention2These bonded lingual retainers are cemented to the surfaces of your lower canine teeth. Because it’s permanently attached, this makes for one of the best ways to keep your teeth from shifting! Just like removable retainers though, you’ll still need to keep them clean. When you’re brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth along with the wire. If the retainer breaks at any time during this treatment, please don’t try to adjust it by yourself; call us immediately so we can schedule an emergency appointment for you.

Essix Retainer

Retention3The Essix retainer is a clear and removable retainer that fits over an entire arch of teeth. Because these retainers are made entirely of transparent plastic, they’re essentially invisible and offer a very discreet form of treatment. These retainers are very durable, easy to wear, and also inexpensive.


Contact Your Kansas City Orthodontist Today!

If you have any more questions about retainers, please feel free to contact us. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at (816) 523-2343. We can’t wait to see you and help give you a straighter smile!