Dental Retainers: 3 Types You Can Recommend to Your Patients

BracesPeople who wear braces will know the happiness of having their braces removed. Free from those bulky wires at last! Maybe not for long. Freedom is enjoyed until they get the news that they have to wear retainers.

Retainers are necessary to keep the newly aligned teeth in place. While it is still composed of metal and plastic, wearing retainers is not as bad as having braces. Here are the types of retainers you can recommend to your patients, depending on their needs and preferences:


Also known as bonded retainers, permanent retainers are fixed and placed at the back of the teeth to prevent them from moving. While it cannot be removed unlike other types of retainers, no one would actually notice that a person is wearing one. The only downside is it might take some time to adjust and it would be harder to clean and floss. You may recommend starting with a permanent retainer and slowly switching to removable ones as time goes by.


This is the most common type of retainer made of adjustable metal and plastic shaped to fit your patient’s mouth. The downside is that it is highly visible, and can give the patient a lisp when they wear it for the first time. But unlike bonded ones, Hawley retainers are removable and are easy to clean, allowing people to go with your daily oral hygiene habits.


Essix retainers resemble Invisalign a lot in a sense that it is designed to be barely visible, if not invisible at all. While being nearly invisible is its greatest asset, Essix retainers give that unnatural bite and have a relatively shorter lifespan compared to Hawley or permanent ones. Not to mention it is pricier than the others.

People always want to look and feel good. Help your patients by providing the right dental care and treatment they need. Work with a trusted dental laboratory that can supply you with dental appliances for your patients.