Orthodontic Retainers and Retainer Replacements

Retainers play a crucial role in maintaining the results achieved through orthodontic treatment, ensuring that teeth remain in their corrected positions. After the active phase of treatment concludes, retainers help to prevent your smile from shifting back to its original state, which is a common occurrence without wearing a retainer. Wired Orthodontics in Austin, TX, makes obtaining new or replacement retainer a straightforward and efficient process. We ensure that patients can quickly address any issues with their retainers without jeopardizing their orthodontic results. It’s also important to remember to follow your orthodontist’s guidance when it comes to wearing your retainer. This will help ensure that your smile stays straight for the long-term.

Types of Retainers


Clear Retainers

For most of our patients, a clear retainer is a perfect solution once they’re out of braces or at the end of their Invisalign® aligner treatment. Clear retainers are thin, transparent trays” designed to fit directly on your teeth, so they resemble an Invisalign aligner. Not only are clear retainers inexpensive and convenient, but they’re also essentially invisible, making them a popular choice among both our teen and adult orthodontic patients. If you’re prescribed a clear retainer, don’t forget to brush it every time you take it out of your mouth and before putting it back in. 

Removeable Hawley Retainers

This is what most people picture when someone says “retainer.” 

The Hawley retainer is made from molded acrylic that we cast to match your smile. To keep teeth in place, it includes an array of metal wires protruding from it. Hawley retainers are also a common option for patients after orthodontic treatment. 

Convenient, removable, and effective, your Hawley retainers will help maintain your smile when you wear them as prescribed. Just remember to brush your retainer anytime you take it out of your mouth or before putting it back in. 

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Bonded Retainers

Bonded retainers, also called fixed retainers, are usually used for patients who have a high risk of tooth regression. We make these retainers from a single metal wire that we cement directly to your teeth, and it usually runs across the back of your teeth to stay inconspicuous. 

Fixed retainers are convenient and highly effective because they stay in all the time. However, it does take a little practice with a floss threader to properly perform oral hygiene. If your bonded retainer ever does start to come loose, simply contact our office to schedule a repair appointment. 

Bonded retainers will always require the use of clear retainers too, as they only hold the front 4-6 teeth. Not everyone is a candidate for a bonded retainer, so count on us to help advise you of your options. 

Which Retainer Do I Need?

Let us help you find out when you book a free consult.

We have your back (and your smile!)

Whether your retainer mysteriously vanishes at summer camp or your pup mistakes it for a chew toy, we know that accidents happen.

That’s why our Retainer Assurance program pays for replacements and saves you money. You can have peace of mind knowing that even if accidents happen, your retainer is protected and you’ll be able to maintain your beautiful new smile. Ask us about it during your appointment!

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Why Choose Us for Your Orthodontic Retainers in Austin, TX

At Wired Orthodontics, we’re proud to support you in preserving the beautiful smile you’ve worked so hard to achieve by finding the retainer solution that’s right for you.

Transforming your smile can be a life-changing investment, so we know how important it is to maintain your orthodontic results in the retention phase. That’s exactly why we offer retainer replacements — to ensure that you experience minimal disruption in your retainer wear and get to enjoy your beautiful smile for a lifetime.

Whether we helped craft your smile or you received treatment from another orthodontist, choosing Wired Orthodontics for your retainers means ensuring that your new smile stays straight.


What is the process for getting a retainer replacement in Austin, TX?

If you need a replacement for your retainer, we’ll happy to assist you. Please get in touch for a quick consultation.

How do you determine the type of retainer needed?

The assessment process for determining the type of retainer involves a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s orthodontic treatment, teeth alignment, and specific needs. Clear retainers are often chosen for their invisibility and comfort, suitable for patients looking for a less noticeable option. Hawley retainers, made of metal wires and acrylic, offer adjustability and durability, preferred for patients requiring minor adjustments post-treatment. Bonded retainers are permanently attached to the back of teeth, ideal for patients needing continuous support to prevent shifting. The decision is based on factors such as the extent of movement during treatment, patient’s lifestyle, and preference, ensuring the retainer chosen is best suited to maintain the treatment results effectively.

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