Orthodontic retainers are custom-made orthodontic appliance, made usually of wires or clear plastic, that hold teeth in position after surgery or after dental braces are removed. They are most often used before or after dental braces to keep teeth in position while assisting the adjustment of the surrounding gums to changes in the bone.
Application and alignment of corrective devices to help the teeth, lips, and jaws achieve facial balance.
Retainers are fitted at the end of orthodontic treatment after the braces are removed. They can be either removable or fixed onto the teeth. There are different types of retainers. The choice of retainer is affected by a number of different factors.
There are four types of retainers typically prescribed by orthodontists and dentists: Hawley, Essix, Zendura, and Bonded (Fixed) retainers.
Made of wire and plastic or rubber, retainers keep your teeth from wandering. Teeth can also shift over time, making wearing a retainer even more important.