Retainers are devices which hold your teeth in their corrected positions. There are generally two types of retainers: removable or bonded.
Learn more about the different types of retainers and when we use them.
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This is an acrylic plate with three wire segments. It is firm and steady and good for maintaining any expansion of the jaw that was done with a rapid maxillary expander (RME).
This is also an acrylic plate but with one wire segment that wraps around all the teeth. It allows good ‘settling’ or meshing of the teeth into the bite after the braces are removed. You can take it in and out and also choose different colours!
This is a thin plastic retainer that covers all the teeth. It is the most commonly used top retainer. Truform retainers are completely clear and offer excellent aesthetics.
Lower hygienic retainer
This is a looped metal bar glued behind the lower front teeth. It is made from 0.5mm stainless steel wire custom bent to fit your teeth with loops incorporated to allow our patients to floss easily. Hygienic retainers are the preferred lower bonded retainers because they hold all the lower teeth.
Lower straight retainer
This is a straight metal bar bonded behind to the lower front teeth and attached only to the canines. It is sturdy and reliable with studies showing 25 year success rates. The advantage of a lower straight retainer is that if one lump of glue comes off, the entire retainer will become loose, alerting the patient that they need to see the orthodontist as soon as possible to get it fixed!
Upper hygienic retainer
This is a ‘zigzagged’ wire segment that is bonded to the inside of your upper front teeth. It is made from 0.5mm stainless steel wire and is ideal for patients who started off with a gap between their two front teeth or those who are undergoing a second round of treatment.