The Hawley Retainer is the most popular retainer that orthodontists use when they remove a patient’s braces. The reason for its popularity is that it not only retains the teeth in their current position, but also lasts up to five years. It is made of hard acrylic that fits the palate and a wire that fits across the front of your teeth that will keep your teeth from moving. There are also small wires called “clasps” that hold the retainer in place. If you have had braces or your teeth are constantly on the move as we age, this teeth device is necessary in preventing that movement. When you order our Hawley Retainer you will receive our teeth impression kit within 2-3 days. After you create your impressions and send them back to us in our prepaid mailer, it takes 10-12 days to manufacture your product (the same time as if you had gone to a dentist). These are the same high quality products that are made by laboratories that dentist use, for close to half the cost.
The Hawley Retainer only needs to be worn 1 hour per day to prevent any permanent teeth movement. Your teeth may move slightly for the other 23 hours of the day but when you place the retainer back in your mouth each day the teeth will move back into the position where your teeth were when your retainer was made. To insert or remove this retainer, use both hands and push on or pull off evenly with your thumb and index finger. It may take several days for your tongue to get used to the retainer(s) and then your speech will return to normal.
To get the longest life out of your Hawley Retainer simply brush it with toothpaste and water after each use. Do not use hot water because the acrylic can warp. You do not want to wear your retainer when you are eating because the acrylic is breakable.