Types of Retainers in Atlanta & Marietta, GA

There are several types of retainers that may be used after completing a braces treatment. Smile Studios Orthodontics offers these retainers at our locations in Fairburn, Lovejoy, Hiram, and Carollton, Georgia. We welcome patients from Atlanta, Marietta, and the nearby cities.

What Types of Retainers Are Available?

Types of Retainers in Atlanta & Marietta, GAAt Smile Studios Orthodontics, we offer the following types of retainers:

  • Clear Retainer – A clear retainer is a removable, discreet retainer that is clear in color and fits around the teeth similar to a mouthguard. It is clear in color so that it does not affect the appearance of the smile. Since it is removable, it is recommended that patients remove it while eating, brushing, and flossing.
  • Traditional Wire Retainer – Wire retainers are the most common type of retainer; they are also known as Hawley retainers. These retainers have an acrylic base which sits on the roof of the mouth. From the base, a single wire reaches around and along the front of the teeth to secure their position. Wire retainers are removable so that patients can eat, brush, and floss without hindrance. 
  • Permanent Retainer – A permanent retainer, also called a bonded retainer or a lingual retainer, is a single wire that is cemented behind the teeth. Permanent retainers offer a discreet look, so patients don’t have to worry about their retainer affecting their smile. However, since they are not removable, patients will have to take extra care when brushing or flossing to ensure that there is no food caught in the appliance. To learn more, please visit our page on the permanent retainer.

If you have any questions regarding your retainer options, contact us today. Smile Studios Orthodontics offers retainers and other orthodontic services to residents of Atlanta, Marietta, and the neighboring areas of Georgia. We serve patients from our locations in Fairburn, Lovejoy, Hiram, and Carollton.