Hawley retainers

Getting your braces removed is an exciting time. You’ve spent months or even years correcting your smile, and now it’s time for your hard work to pay off. The next step, to keep things where they are now, is to wear a retainer — preferably one that’s removable so you can still enjoy your favorite foods.

Owens Orthodontics offers a range of retainers, like Hawley orthodontic retainers, for your post-braces or –Invisalign® needs. Our team is ready to find you the perfect solution for your life and preferences.

What are Hawley retainers?

Hawley retainers are one of the most common types of retainers, and for good reason. They’re sturdy and easy to clean, making them a suitable candidate for people of any age. These retainers use metal wires and plastic or acrylic plates to keep your teeth in place.

The acrylic or plastic part fits against the roof of your mouth or the inside of your lower teeth and is invisible to others, and the metal wires wrap around the front of your teeth. These durable retainers will ensure your teeth stay in place for years to come.

How do Hawley retainers work?

When you first get your Hawley retainers, you’ll need to wear them constantly to ensure your teeth stay in position. Usually, you’ll be wearing these devices around the clock for a few months, removing them only to brush your teeth or eat and drink anything that’s not water. After that, your orthodontist may recommend you continue wearing your retainers only at night.

While Hawley retainers are more durable than some other retainer types, they can still break or become damaged. If that happens, do not try to wear them any longer. Contact your orthodontist to get a replacement. Wearing a broken retainer can damage your teeth or undo your progress.

Caring for your removable Hawley retainer

While you should always consult with your orthodontist to determine the best way to clean your Hawley retainers, maintaining them is quite simple. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Use cold water, a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste to clean them daily.

  • Once a week, soak your retainers in a retainer or denture cleaning solution for a deeper clean.

  • Brush your teeth after eating and before putting your retainers back in.

  • Avoid exposing your retainers to heat sources, including hot water, which can cause warping.

  • Store your retainers in their case when you’re not using them to prevent scratching, breaking or accidentally throwing them away.

Why choose Owens Orthodontics?

For more than 50 years, Owens Orthodontics has served the Maryville, TN, community with pride. We take our specialty seriously, so you can expect quality orthodontic work whenever you need it. Our staff is compassionate and accommodating, and we’ve worked with clients from childhood through adulthood for everything from braces to corrective jaw surgery.

Find the highest standard of care in Tennessee when you make Owens Orthodontics your Hawley retainer provider. Our professional orthodontic associates are standing by for you to contact us and schedule your complimentary consultation today.