Hawley retainers, also known as traditional retainers, are a type of orthodontic treatment that is used to maintain the position of the teeth after orthodontic treatment has been completed. They are made from acrylic and wire and are custom-made to fit the individual patient's mouth and teeth.
Hawley retainers consist of a wire that is embedded in a acrylic base and is shaped to fit the roof of the mouth. The wire is held in place by a metal bar that is attached to the base and extends over the front of the teeth. The wire applies pressure to the teeth to hold them in the correct position, while the acrylic base helps to hold the retainer in place and prevent it from shifting.
Hawley retainers are a popular treatment option because they are effective at maintaining the position of the teeth and are relatively inexpensive. They are also durable and can be easily adjusted by the orthodontist if the teeth begin to shift.
Traditional retainers are a tried-and-true orthodontic appliance. However, Hawley retainers may be less comfortable to wear than other types of retainers, as they cover the roof of the mouth and may interfere with speaking or eating. They may also be more noticeable than other types of retainers, as they extend over the front of the teeth.
If you are considering Hawley retainers as a treatment option, it is important to consult with an orthodontist to determine if they are the best option for your specific dental needs and concerns. Our orthodontist, Dr. Christensen, will be able to assess your mouth and teeth and recommend the best type of retainer for you based on your individual needs and treatment goals