Understanding the Different Types of Retainers

April 4, 2018   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Dental

Explaining to a patient why they would need retainers after a long stint with traditional braces can be challenging. After all, who would want to have metals and plastics in their mouths again? But, as every dentist would explain, retainers are necessary to keep the newly placed teeth in place and are as important as braces themselves.

As a dentist, it’s your job not only to fix your patient’s condition, but also find the right means to do so. Among these are the need to have the right laboratory to provide you with the appliances you’re going to offer to patients. Here are the different types of retainers:


Also known as bonded retainers, permanent retainers are permanently fixed at the back of your teeth (usually at the first six teeth). The upside is they hold the teeth well in place. Also, as Orthodenco Orthodontic Lab noted, they’re not visible but can be difficult to maintain and clean. Another downside is it can be uncomfortable and might require the use of dental wax to prevent cutting your tongue.


Hawley retainers are known as “traditional retainers.” It’s made of metal and is held by acrylic or plastic. It can be removed and maintained easily and also comes in different colors. The downside is its visible and can cause a lisp on your first use.


A new type of retainer made of plastic and with the goal of being invisible, Essix retainers work and look like Invisalign braces. While it’s virtually invisible, it doesn’t allow your upper and lower teeth to touch naturally, making some patients feel uncomfortable.

With the various types of retainers available in the market, finding one that would suit each patient’s lifestyle and need is easier than before.

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