Hawley Retainer - Full Guide (2022)

Hawley Retainer – Full Guide (2022)

A Hawley retainer is one form of orthodontic retainer, which uses a combination of a hard plastic or acrylic plate connected by a thin metal wire. The retainer is molded to your mouth to fit comfortably on the roof of your mouth, with the wire settled against the front of your top teeth.

The retainer protects the results of your orthodontic care, and prevents your teeth from sliding back into their previous positions. The Hawley retainer must be worn nightly for life, so your healthy smile is maintained for as long as possible. It can be used after treatment with braces or clear aligners like Invisalign. 

Hawley retainers are the original retention device, but new designs are emerged in the last few decades, including removable clear plastic retainers such as Essix and Vivera retainers. While clear retainers are becoming more popular, the Hawley retainer continues to be one of the most common and effective retention devices used by orthodontists and preferred by patients.

90% of orthodontists prefer Hawley retainers for use with a maxillary dental arch, according to a recent study from the National Institutes of Health.

Once used correctly, a Hawley retainer protects your smile effectively as well as being very simple to use and comfortable to wear. Read more here!

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