What is a Hawley Retainer?

Hawley retainers After your braces are removed, retainers are probably what you think of when you think “retainer.” If your orthodontist Colorado recommends a retainer after braces, Hawley is likely the one you’ll get. They’re among the oldest retainers. Hawley retainers have been since the 1920s and they don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.

Hawley retainers have a plastic plate that curves to the palate (roof of the mouth) that is not visible from the front. The edges of These retainers snap over the teeth and a wire runs across the front of the teeth and helps keep the teeth aligned as is.

Pros & Cons of Hawley Retainers

Although Hawley Retainers have been around the longest, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best (or the worst). Let’s take a look at some of disadvantages of a Hawley retainers.

Pros of Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers are removeable and adjustable, which make them much easier to customize to the patient. The orthodontist in Colorado can easily adjust your Hawley retainers if you done a great job of wearing the retainer regularly.

Hawley retainers are also much more durable than other types of retainers. Plus, if it does break, it can be repaired, unlike other retainers which need to be replaced.

These retainers are available in various colors, in the same way that you can choose different color braces, you can choose whatever color Hawley retainer you would like.

Cons of Hawley Retainers

Though it has many advantages, but there are some disadvantages too. The design of Hawley retainers is obvious and the wire running across the teeth is clearly visible. The plastic part that sits on the Palate (roof of the mouth) can be uncomfortable and sometimes make it difficult to speak. If you don’t clean the retainer well, it can start to grow bacteria and eventually become unusable.

Cost of Hawley Retainers

The Hawley retainer can cost between $150 and $340, depending on many factors, like the orthodontist you choose, where you live, and the complexity of your case.

The cost of Hawley retainers is relatively low compared to other types of retainers, which can cost several hundreds of dollars or even thousands. Fortunately, because you can get your Hawley retainer repaired rather than replaced, its overall cost is very low.

How to Clean Hawley Your Retainers?

Cleaning and caring for your Hawley retainer is very important. First, you would never want to pay a couple hundred bucks to replace it even if it’s broken or lost. So, keep your retainer safe.

Second, you’ll need to clean your retainer every day, no exceptions. You can brush it gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. You can also let it soak in a cleaning solution a couple times per week for better cleaning. However, don’t soak your Hawley retainers in mouthwash as that can wear away the joints that hold the retainer together.

Let us Help You

If you’re done with orthodontic treatment and are looking for a retainer, but not sure what type of retainer that you should you get, contact us to book a free consultation with our orthodontist in Colorado.