For some people, very minor tooth movements can be done with retainers. Here are the two most common types of retainers used to move teeth.

Some movements can be done with an Essix or vacuform retainer, which looks like an Invisalign® aligner. A mold of your teeth is taken and the teeth are reset or moved into a straight position on the model. The plastic aligner is then made from the model with your teeth in a straight position and the aligner moves your teeth to match that position.

In some cases, a series of Essix retainers will be required to achieve the desired result.

Essix retainers have become very popular because they are clear. They are made of a thin layer of plastic that rigidly holds the teeth in place. They look very similar to Invisalign® so we often call them “Invisalign-type retainers.”



Permanent retainers are our retainers of choice. They are made from a small coaxial wire that is glued in place. It is a great option for many people because it cannot be lost or forgotten. They require more diligent brushing and flossing, though. Permanent retainers are usually bonded (glued) to the front four to six teeth because those are the teeth that are most likely to move. Once your bite is aligned, the back teeth tend to stay in place better than the front teeth.

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