Retainers are custom devices made of wires or clear plastic. They hold teeth in position after orthodontic treatment is complete. Dr. Basile will prescribe a retention phase based on your individual needs.
This retainer includes a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them in place. It is named for its inventor, Dr. Charles Hawley. The metal wires are anchored to an acrylic arch.
Another common type is the vacuum formed Essix retainer. It is made up of a clear plastic material that fits over the teeth.
A fixed retainer typically consists of a passive wire that is bonded to the tongue side of the upper and/or lower front teeth. Unlike the previously mentioned retainers, fixed retainers cannot be removed by the patient.