Avant supplies a wide range of custom-made fixed and removable retainers to fit any and every patient needs. However, some common types of retainers include:
Hawley retainer: A thin, acrylic base is moulded to fit the roof of the mouth or the lingual surface of the lower teeth. A stainless steel wire framework is attached to the base and wraps around the teeth to hold them in place.
Essix retainer: A transparent plastic material such as polypropylene is custom-designed to fit precisely over the patient’s teeth. While they are less noticeable than Hawley retainers, Essix retainers may be more prone to wear and tear.
Fixed or bonded lingual retainers: A thin wire is bonded to the back surfaces of the teeth with dental cement to provide long-term retention. Fixed retainers are typically not visible from the front.