A Hawley Retainer uses an acrylic palette that fits comfortably into your mouth. The design uses a wire that goes across your front teeth to keep your new bite in place. Patients can expect to wear their retainer for 24 hours a day at the start of treatment. After the initial retention period, Dr. Black may recommend only nightly wear.
Clear retainers are similar to Invisalign in that they are made from thin plastic and mold easily to your teeth. For the first part of your treatment, clear retainers must be worn 24 hours a day (except when eating and drinking). If your retention is going well, Dr. Black may determine that you only need to wear them at night.