Types of Retainers
There are basically two types of retainers: removable retainers and permanent retainers. Dr. Barron will go over which one will be best for your needs so that you can make the right decision. Regardless of the type, it is vital to get the best retainer that fits you.
The removable retainer is the most common and traditional one. When it comes to these, there are two types: the Hawley retainer and clear plastic retainers. The Hawley retainer is made of plastic or acrylic with a metal wire to provide the definition and shape. These retainers, if maintained well, can last up to 20 years. The clear plastic retainers are a good option for people who want to be more discreet.
Permanent retainers function by being bonded to your teeth, kind of like how braces are bonded to your teeth. It could take some time getting used to having a permanent retainer, but you won’t have to worry about when you need to wear it.