General information about Retainers
Retainers "retain" or hold the teeth. I use retainers for several different reasons:
- After an early treatment phase, to hold the correction until you are ready for full braces
- To actively move teeth that can be moved with a removable appliance (in this situation I am calling them retainers but they are really active appliances)
There are many different kinds and designs of retainers. (They also come in many colors
). The one that I use most often is called a "Hawley" retainer.