The other type of upper retainer is a “Hawley”. It is made of acrylic, clasps on the molars and a front wire helping maintaining the teeth in place. It must also be worn full time (except for meals and brushing), during 6 to 8 months. After that period, it can be worn at night only or according to the instructions we will give you.
It is possible that fixed splints be bonded on the tongue side of some teeth. If these retainers become loose or fall off, save them and call our office so that we can determine if they need to be rebonded. These upper fixed retainers, just like the lower ones, can be left in the mouth for many years.
Always bring your removable retainers with you when you come for check-up visits.