Hawley retainers are made of a plastic palate and a metal wire that goes around the front of your teeth to keep them in place. You’ll likely wear these retainers for 24 hours a day at the start of your treatment — minus eating or brushing — before shifting to a nighttime-only schedule, depending on your unique orthodontic situation.
These retainers, also known as Essix retainers, are made of clear plastic and fit over your teeth, much like Invisalign trays. At the start of your treatment, Dr. Black will likely recommend you wear your clear retainer 24 hours a day — only taking it out to eat or clean. With time, you might be able to wear your retainer less often, such as only at night.
Clear retainers are discreet, which means no one will notice you’re wearing them. They’re also molded specifically to your teeth for a comfortable, personalized fit that keeps your teeth straight and protects the significant investment you made in your braces.