Fixed Retainers

These consist of a thin stainless-steel wire, which is permanently bonded behind the front teeth.

We usually fit your fixed retainers as soon as your braces are removed.

When you have this type of retainer you must try to be careful when brushing it and ensure you clean it thoroughly.

Like the other two types of retainers these serve the same purpose to help keep the teeth in the same position that they have been moved to.

An example of a fixed retainer before fitting 

An example of a fixed retainer before fitting 

Essix Retainers

These have the same function as the Hawley retainer to ensure the treatment of braces in not reversed after they are removed.

However, these are usually favoured due to them being made of a clear plastic and are more aesthetically pleasing.

They also cover the entire arch of the teeth not just portions like other retainers.

An example of an Essix retainer

An example of an Essix retainer

Hawley Retainers

The first that I would like to have a look at is the Hawley retainer.

This retainer is the most well-known retainer. They are usually made of an acrylic base with a bendable wire that will surround the front teeth to correct them.

It was named after its inventor Dr Charles A. Hawley.

It is used to ‘tweak your teeth and keep them in place so the procedure is not reversed after braces have been removed.

An example of a Hawley retainer

An example of a Hawley retainer


Here at Provident Dental we provide three different types of retainers. They are the Hawley, essix and fixed retainers. Over the next four posts I will explain each retainer individually. First, I would like to just explain a little in general.

What are retainers?

A retainer is a custom-made, removable or fixed appliance that helps teeth maintain their new position after braces have been removed. Retainers can also be used to treat minor orthodontic problems

What do we do here and why?

Here at Provident Dental we do all sorts of orthodontic cases from minor ones that can be fixed using a retainer to full comprehensive brackets. We do this with the overall aim to improve a patient’s wellbeing. The aim of orthodontics is to not only better the patients bite and teeth but to also improve their general self-confidence and make them feel better about themselves.

Come in and Dr Mostofi will examine your bite and see which suits you best.

Also remember if you loose or break your retainer you will need a new one as soon as possible to ensure the treatment isn't reversed.