The Different Types of Retainers After Braces

What are the different types of retainers?

You will receive a retainer once you complete your braces treatment. You are probably wondering which retainer you will receive. This will be decided with the professional opinion of your dentist. We will go over three different types of retainers.

Clear plastic retainer

You can get a removable, clear plastic retainer that fits the position of your teeth perfectly. It’s called a molded retainer (or a clear retainer). It fits like a mouthguard and you wear it for about one year after you finish your Invisalign treatment. You should follow your dentist’s instructions for using and caring for it.

Bonded retainer

The type is called a bonded retainer. It’s attached to your teeth after your braces are removed to keep them in place. You need a bonded retainer if you will be wearing your retainer part-time or full-time.

Hawley retainer

You deserve to have a straight and beautiful smile. This Hawley retainer is the removable kind. Wire retainers are called Hawley retainers and can be taken out for cleaning and for eating meals. Having a removable retainer means it’s important for you to wear your retainer and follow your orthodontist’s instructions so you can keep your confident smile forever.


To maintain the effects of your braces, you will need to wear your retainer according to your orthodontist’s instructions. Your needs are unique. With your nighttime retainer, you don’t have to worry about taking it out around friends or for sports. Simply schedule a free consultation with our team of professionals.