Retainers

We provide three types of retainers at Share a Smile:

Fixed retainers

These are permanent retainers that consist of a small wire affixed behind your upper or lower teeth. A fixed retainer is completely invisible, and because it is so small, you might even forget you have it!

Retainers

Hawley retainers

This removable retainer is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘retainer.’ A Hawley retainer consists of a plastic mould that sits on the roof of your mouth and a wire that goes across the front of your teeth. It is durable and colour customisable to suit your personality. You will need to wear your Hawley retainer both day and night for the first three weeks after treatment. After that, you can proceed to only nighttime usage.

Retainers

Vivera retainers

Our final retainer option is the Vivera retainer. Vivera retainers are custom-made for patients using the same method as Invisalign® clear aligners (but you do not have to have undergone Invisalign® treatment to receive a Vivera retainer). They are slightly thicker and more durable than aligner trays, and are a clear and discreet retainer option. You should wear your retainer day and night as instructed by your Specialist Orthodontist, and switch to night time wear when recommended.

Retainers

How should I care for my retainer?

Once your retainers have been fitted, our team will give you instructions on how to properly use and care for them. Please follow these instructions as carefully as possible to ensure the best results.

In general, your removable retainers should be taken out for eating, and cleaned during your normal brushing and flossing routine. They can be cleaned with your fingers and cold water, or with a special cleaning solution. You should avoid brushing your retainer with a toothbrush and toothpaste as it can scratch the surface.

With fixed retainers, it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and diligently clean not only the fronts but the backs of your teeth as well. Our staff can instruct you on how best to clean and floss your teeth while wearing a fixed retainer.

It is essential that you take good care of your retainers and attend retainer appointments as requested by our staff. If you are unsure about anything, please ask any member of staff and they will be happy to answer your questions.

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Retainers