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Care following Orthodontics (Retainers)

Retainers function to prevent movement of teeth and are fitted after braces are removed. Retainers are of two types: fixed and removable. These include:

  • Vacuum-formed retainer:

    This is a transparent retainer that provides a good grip to the teeth. You can wear them on a temporary basis. Eating and drinking should be avoided while wearing the retainer.

  • Bonded retainer:

    This is a fixed retainer that is permanently fixed to the inside of the teeth.

  • Hawley retainer:

    It is a strong removable retainer consisting of two parts, a plastic part which is attached behind the teeth and a thin metal wire placed in front of the teeth to keep the teeth in position.


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