Retention & Retainers

In addition to braces, Rice Orthodontics provides patients with retention solutions through the use of retainers. There are many types of retainers and we would be happy to discuss your options with you for ongoing retention and alignment of your teeth.

Retainer RemovableRemovable (Hawley) Retainers

The Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic. The Hawley retainer is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is custom-made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in your mouth, while keeping your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a variety of colors and/or patterns.

Essix retianerClear (Essix) Retainers

The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires. They are inexpensive and easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.

Fixed Bonded retainerFixed (Bonded) Retainers

Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting on a more permanent basis. If your retainer breaks or is lost, call us immediately to schedule an appointment.

Fixed Bonded retaineriTero® Scanner

The iTero® Scanner is a state of the art scanning system that provides perfect images of your teeth eliminating the need for uncomfortable impressions. Orthodontic treatments based on iTero® Scans result in better fitting aligners and retainers along with quicker, more comfortable appointments and overall treatment plans.