When the braces are removed, the retention stage of the treatment begins. This stage is very important so the results of your treatment will continue to persist. It would be quite devastating to have gone through full orthodontic treatment, only to have the teeth move again without the necessary support.

Dr. Tepper-Adler takes great care in using different types of retaining methods in order to minimize the chances of relapse.

Some of the retainers are fixed, while others are removable.

A fixed retainer is usually a thin wire pasted on the inside of the teeth which no-one can actually see looking straight at you.



There are certain removable retainers that bear aesthetic advantages such as the Essix® (suckdown) retainer.

Essix Retainer

An Essix® retainer is made of a clear, durable plastic material that snaps into place over your teeth. Similar to an Invisalign® aligner, it allows the teeth and gums to be visible through the plastic, making the retainers appear almost unnoticeable.


Hawley Retainer

The Hawley retainer has been in use for many years. You can actually get to choose the colour of the plate, although when its in the mouth only small metal wire is visible.


Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove a removable retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.