Lingual Wires and Retainers

At Avant Dental, we specialise in a range of products for post orthodontic care.

With our advanced orthodontic technologies, we can supply a wide range of custom-made lingual wires and retainers to fit your diverse range of patient needs.

Post orthodontic wires & retainers

Types of retainers

Orthodontic Retainers Clear retainer Lingual wire with putty key (straight) Lingual wire with putty key (zig zag design) Hawley retainer
Effectiveness ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ 
Longevity ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ 
Aesthetic ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ 
Comfort ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ (contingent on tongue adapting to its presence) ✓ ✓ (contingent on tongue adapting to its presence) ✓ 
Removability ✓ ✓ ✓  - - ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Hygiene ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓✓ (zig zag design makes flossing more acheivable) ✓ ✓
Occlusal Settling Limited ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓
Grinding Protection ✓ ✓ ✓  - - -
Bleach / Medicament Application ✓ ✓ ✓  - - -
Ability to Store Digitally ✓ ✓ ✓  ✓ ✓ ✓ (once bonded a new scan can be taken for record keeping) ✓ ✓ ✓ (once bonded a new scan can be taken for record keeping)

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Ability to be Repaired - ✓  (Limited) ✓  (Limited)

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Orthodontic Retainers Clear retainer
Effectiveness ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Longevity
Aesthetic ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Comfort ✓ ✓
Removability ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Hygiene ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Occlusal Settling Limited
Grinding Protection ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Bleach / Medicament Application ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Ability to Store Digitally ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Ability to be Repaired -
Orthodontic Retainers Lingual wire with putty key (straight)
Effectiveness ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Longevity ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Aesthetic ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Comfort ✓ ✓ (contingent on tongue adapting to its presence)
Removability -
Hygiene
Occlusal Settling ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Grinding Protection -
Bleach / Medicament Application -
Ability to Store Digitally ✓ ✓ ✓ (once bonded a new scan can be taken for record keeping)
Ability to be Repaired ✓  (Limited)
Orthodontic Retainers Lingual wire with putty key (zig zag design)
Effectiveness ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Longevity ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Aesthetic ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Comfort ✓ ✓ (contingent on tongue adapting to its presence)
Removability -
Hygiene ✓✓ (zig zag design makes flossing more acheivable)
Occlusal Settling ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Grinding Protection -
Bleach / Medicament Application -
Ability to Store Digitally ✓ ✓ ✓ (once bonded a new scan can be taken for record keeping)
Ability to be Repaired ✓  (Limited)
Orthodontic Retainers Hawley retainer
Effectiveness ✓ ✓
Longevity ✓✓
Aesthetic
Comfort
Removability ✓ ✓ ✓ 
Hygiene ✓ ✓
Occlusal Settling ✓ ✓
Grinding Protection -
Bleach / Medicament Application -
Ability to Store Digitally -
Ability to be Repaired ✓ ✓✓

Lingual Wire (zig zag or straight)

Lingual wire retainers consist of a wire that is curved to fit the shape of the newly straightened teeth. We provide a putty guidance key with the lingual wire which provides the dentist with a tool to engage the lingual wire in the exact position to achieve optimal patient outcomes. The wire is cemented (bonded) to the inside of the front teeth to keep them from moving. Most often used on lower teeth, they are also called fixed, lingual wire, or bonded retainers. They can’t be removed except by an orthodontist or dentist.

Post orthodontic mould

Clear retainer

A clear retainer is a thin, transparent plate made of plastic that looks similar to a clear aligner or mouthguard. The purpose of the retainer is to discreetly help your teeth keep their post-treatment positions. These retainers are barely noticeable during wear. Retainers are fabricated from 1.0 mm clear, BPA-free copolyester and are custom-thermoformed for optimum fit. Retainers can be made from conventional impressions, models or digital scans.

Post orthodontic clear retainer

Hawley retainers

Hawley retainers are highly durable and easily removable stabilizing devices. They are a Removable molded acrylic and metal device which is easily adjustable. Hawley retainers provide a long-term solution for retaining alignment in the anterior. Hawley retainers can be made from conventional impressions, models or digital scans.

Post orthodontic care retainers

Post Orthodontic Care Workflow

On request we can store your patient case files in our lab management system so you don’t have to pay to store them yourself. This can be done both before and post a lingual wire being inserted if this is your preferred treatment preference.

When a replacement retainer is required, you simply contact us and we’ll already have the patient data and scans on file in our system, and we can start manufacturing straight away. That means you don’t have to worry about storing huge volumes of digital scans on your on-site servers. Or you don’t need to pay data storage costs to store your scans in the cloud. You also don’t have to spend time or resources retrieving archived case files to send to your lab, because we’ll already have them.

We also look after data protection for you with industry-leading privacy complainant storage within the cloud. This saves you the headache of identifying and meeting your data protection obligations if you store patient data on on-site servers, or worrying about whether your cloud storage provider has the right data protection measures in place.

This all adds up to a highly efficient retainer replacement workflow. As we have your patient scans already on file, we can manufacture retainer replacements very quickly. Your patients will have confidence they won’t experience an orthodontic relapse while waiting for retainer replacements to arrive.

It’s also great for your profit margin. Ordering replacement retainers from Avant takes seconds, so there’s no time spent on file management or rescanning for lost case files. And there are no data storage costs to factor in. That means you save time and money, while also delivering positive long-term aligner treatment outcomes with fast and easy retainer replacements whenever your patient needs it.

For more information, download a price list to see our range of retainers and lingual wires.