Retainers can be worn to prevent movement of teeth. Teeth are constantly moving; thus, it is very important to wear a retainer. After orthodontic treatment, it is especially significant to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions to prevent relapse. There are several different types of retainers available including removable and fixed retainers.

Removable retainers

Removable retainers are the most common type of retainer. They are made of plastic or metal and can be taken out of your mouth for cleaning and eating. Removable retainers are typically worn at night and can be advantageous to general oral hygiene. 

There are two main types of removable retainers: Hawley retainers and clear retainers.

  • Hawley retainers are made of a flexible plastic base with a metal wire that fits over the front teeth. They are the most durable type of retainer.
  • Clear retainers are made of a clear, flexible plastic that is molded to fit your teeth. They are very comfortable to wear and do not have any wires.

Fixed retainers

Fixed retainers are a type of retainer that is bonded to the back of your teeth. They are not removable, so you do not have to worry about losing them or damaging them. Fixed retainers are typically only used on the lower teeth, as they are not as visible.

Fixed retainers are more durable than removable retainers, but they can be more difficult to clean. They can also make it more difficult to floss your teeth.

Which type of retainer is right for you?

The best type of retainer for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. At Jonathan C. Wang, DDS Inc. we can help you decide which type of retainer is right for you.

How to care for your retainer

No matter what type of retainer you choose, it is important to take care of it to keep it in good condition. Here are some tips for caring for your retainer:

  • Clean your retainer every day. You can clean your retainer with soap and water, or you can use a retainer cleaning solution.
  • Wear your retainer as directed by Dr. Jonathan Wang. This will help to keep your teeth in their new positions.
  • Store your retainer in a safe place when you are not wearing it. This will help to prevent it from getting lost or damaged.

By taking care of your retainer, you can help to keep your teeth straight and healthy for many years to come.


Our goal is for you to leave our office with a memorable and enjoyable dental experience, which is why our welcoming and compassionate staff will do everything they can to make you feel right at home.

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