When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in.

Hawley Retainers

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The Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.

Invisible Retainers


Your invisible retainer is a clear plastic removable appliance carefully designed to maintain teeth in their corrected positions. It should initially be worn for 12 hours during the day or night. Important reminders –

  • Always put your retainer in a case when you are not wearing it.
  • Never wrap your retainer in a paper napkin.
  • Never leave your retainer in direct sunlight or place it in hot water. It will warp.
  • Always keep your retainer away from pets. They will chew them.
  • Clean your retainers with a toothbrush and toothpaste every day.
  • Wear your retainers as determined by Dr. Koropp to prevent tooth movement.

Please contact our office immediately if your retainers are lost or broken. There is an additional fee for retainer repairs and replacement.

Lower Lingual Retainers


Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.