Q What is a Hawley Retainer?
A A Hawley Retainer is a removable brace made from
plastic and stainless steel wire.
Q Why is a Hawley Retainer needed?
A This type of retainer is used to keep teeth straight
after the fixed brace is removed.
Q Will my Orthodontist or Dentist provide
A Your Orthodontist will provide the retainer for use
after the removal of your fixed brace.
Q When will I need to wear it?
A The retainer is normally worn full time for 3 months
following the removal of your brace, then nights only after this period.
Q How long will I need to wear it?
A You will need to wear the retainer for at least one
year following the removal of your brace. Many orthodontists now
recommend wearing your retainer until all growth ceases at around 22
years of age.
Q What will happen if I don’t wear the
retainer as recommended?
A Your teeth will almost certainly move if you don’t
use your retainer as recommended.
Q How do I clean my retainer?
A You should use a toothbrush and soap. Do not use
toothpaste as some products can damage the plastic of the retainer. If
you are cleaning the retainer over the sink, as a precaution put water
in the sink in case you drop the retainer. Proprietary cleaning agents
Q What happens if I lose or damage my
A You will need to contact your orthodontist as soon as
possible for a replacement.