Retainers for Teeth
Typically retainers are for individuals who have gone through orthodontic treatment. To maintain the alignment of the teeth a retainer is recommended. Orthodontic retainers are custom-made devices, made usually of wires or clear plastic, that hold teeth in position. Most patients are required to wear their retainer(s) every night at first, with many also being directed to wear them during the day – at least initially.
Four types of retainers typically prescribed by orthodontists and dentists: Hawley, Essix, Zendura, and Bonded (Fixed) retainers. The retainer your prescribed will depend on your case.