The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires. They are less expensive than Hawley or lingual retainers and are easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including minor tooth movement and bridges.
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surfaces of your teeth. Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and this can cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. A special flossing technique is needed to keep lingual retainers and your teeth clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire.
The Hawley retainer is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and 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.