What is a Hawley Retainer?
A Hawley Retainer is a removable appliance that’s made up of a hard plastic or acrylic plate that’s molded to the shape of the roof of your mouth. Attached to the plate is a thin, adjustable wire that sits against the front of your top teeth. The wire is designed to hold your teeth in their new positions while preventing them from shifting back to their original crooked positions.
At Orthodontic Experts, we believe that a Hawley Retainer provides the most effective and long-lasting retention option for our patients. It’s a durable and reliable appliance that can keep your teeth in place for years to come. It’s also a cost-effective option compared to other types of retainers, as it doesn’t need to be replaced as often. For further information, contact Orthodontic Experts today to learn more about how a Hawley Retainer can help you protect your beautiful new smile.
How does a Hawley Retainer work?
Hawley Retainers rely on a combination of metal wires and acrylic arches to keep the teeth in their ideal places. The metal wire runs across the six anterior teeth (the front teeth) and applies enough pressure to keep them from shifting.
The metal wire can be adjusted to fit an individual’s unique dental structure. Orthodontic Experts’ expert team of orthodontists can make small adjustments to the wire to help keep the teeth aligned in the desired position. This adjustability of the wire allows for personalized and specific treatment to meet the unique needs of the patients.
The acrylic arch also plays a significant role in ensuring that the patient wears the retainer consistently as instructed. Properly adhering to wearing one’s retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial to retain the newly aligned teeth. Having an acrylic arch that comfortably fits over the roof of the mouth makes it easier for patients to wear their retainers consistently and comfortably.
Benefits of a Hawley Retainer
There are several benefits of a Hawley Retainer that make it an ideal choice for many patients. Let’s take a closer look to find out why you should get Hawley Retainers:
- Easy to Mold
A Hawley Retainer is made from a combination of metal wire and acrylic or plastic that can be easily molded to the shape of your mouth. This means that it is comfortable to wear and won’t cause any irritation or discomfort.
Hawley Retainers are easily adjustable, which means that if any changes are needed to keep your teeth in the desired position, they can be made easily without needing to create a new retainer.
- Customized Plate Color
If you’re someone who likes to have a little fun with your orthodontic appliances, then you’ll be pleased to know that the plate color on a Hawley Retainer can be custom-selected. This means that you can choose from a range of colors to create a personalized appearance that suits your style.
Hawley Retainers are made from sturdy materials that are sturdy and difficult to damage. This means that they are long-lasting and will keep your teeth in the correct position for years to come.
- Simple Maintenance
Hawley Retainers are incredibly easy to clean. Simply remove them from your mouth and rinse them with water. Optionally, you can use a mild soap and toothbrush to scrub off any stubborn build-up.
Drawbacks of a Hawley Retainer
Hawley Retainer has been proven to be effective in retaining the new teeth alignment after orthodontic treatment. However, there are some drawbacks that patients need to consider before choosing this type of retainer.
Hawley Retainer is more noticeable than other retainers. This is because the wire sits in the front, making it visible when you smile or talk. This can cause discomfort or embarrassment to some patients, especially if they have to wear the retainer for an extended period.
Although the plate is custom-fitted to the patient’s teeth, some people may feel discomfort or soreness in the first few days of wearing it. This can be addressed by consulting with the provider of Orthodontic Experts to make any necessary adjustments.
- Bulky Appliance
Hawley Retainer is bulkier than other types of retainers. This can cause irritation to the lips, gums, or tongue. However, the orthodontist can provide guidance on how to manage any discomfort during the adjustment period.
- Difficulty Speaking
Some people might find that they have a slight lisp or difficulty enunciating words when they first start wearing the appliance. This is usually temporary and will improve as the patient’s speech adjusts to the retainer.
- Promote Bacterial Overgrowth
The Hawley Retainer has many nooks and crannies that can trap food particles and bacteria if not cleaned adequately. It is important to clean the retainer thoroughly to avoid any oral health issues.