The Types of Retainers: Bonded, Hawley, Essix, and Clear Retainers

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The Types of Retainers: Bonded, Hawley, Essix, and Clear Retainers

Retainers are used for dental patients to maintain their dental health and prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. They have been around since ancient times but it wasn’t until recently that they became more common. In this article I will discuss the different types of retainers, why you might need a retainer, and how to maintain your retainer.

What is the purpose of retainers?

A retainer is a device that holds the teeth in place while they heal. It not only keeps your teeth from moving, but it also protects them from grinding or biting into each other. Retainers are usually made of metal, plastic, or acrylics and can come in different shapes and sizes to fit different teeth.

Types of Retainers

The Essix is a clear retainer that has a Teflon coating on the inside. They are usually used for children because they do not cause any irritation. The Hawley Retainer consists of two parallel springs that are attached to a metal bracket. This type of retainer is best for people who grind their teeth while sleeping and need to help relieve pressure in the jaw by using one side of the sleep/wake breathing cycle. The bonded retainer is made up of a metal wire that is bonded to a plastic plate and then permanently cemented into the gum tissue.

Bonded Retainers

Bonded retainers are made with a metal wire around the teeth, which is bonded to the tooth. A Bonded retainers typically last 2-3 years, but should be replaced after the first year if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: loose teeth, black stains, or loosening of bond.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers have a bridge that is bonded to the wire and then attached to the teeth. The bridge can be bonded on the maxillary or mandibular arch. If you are having trouble with wires, this may be a better option for you because it is difficult to remove without damaging your teeth.

Essix Retainers

A retainer is something that you wear on your teeth at night to help keep them in place and prevent them from moving. There are many different types of retainers, each with their own features and benefits.

Clear Retainers

A Clear Retainer is one of the most affordable choices for a retainer. However, it doesn’t offer as much amount of protection. The clear retainer is composed of three main components: an inner wire rim, band wire rim, and outer wire rim that are all connected together by a connector. The clear retainer is typically made with a high-quality ceramic material.

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