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Orthodontic Retention - Cleburne, TX

Keeping Smiles in Their Proper Place

A young woman wearing a yellow sweater and pointing to her smile after seeing her orthodontist in Cleburne

Teeth are capable of many things, one of which is shifting back into their original position after wearing braces. If you are preparing to have your braces removed because you are finished with treatment, your orthodontist will provide you with what is known as a retainer. This oral appliance comes in many forms and can be used for a variety of reasons, but one thing remains consistent no matter the type of retainer you receive – it helps to keep your teeth in the proper place. At Hart Orthodontics, Dr. Hart and his team will provide detailed instructions regarding the usage of your retainer, how to maintain it, and how long you’ll need to wear it to ensure your smile remains healthy, straight, and beautiful for a lifetime. If you’re ready to learn more about these unique devices, we invite you to review the following information. If you are searching for an “orthodontist near me” and have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Standard Hawley or Wrap

The Standard Hawley or Wrap retainer is considered to be the most commonly used oral appliance for individuals completing orthodontic treatment. Consisting of a hard, acrylic material and surrounding wire, these devices are created in a way that keeps teeth firmly in place and prevents any shifting whatsoever. While they do require regular adjustments, this is often a positive aspect of this type of retainer. Why? Because it allows for a more cohesive movement between your jaw and facial muscles and your bite. Appliances that do not allow for adjustments may cause you to shift your bite, resulting in problematic issues such as teeth grinding.

Anterior Biteplate

If you have a deep bite, you can expect to receive an anterior biteplate retainer. This device is made from clear thermoformed plastic and looks quite similar to the Hawley retainer. Whether you have an overbite or over-erupted lower incisors, the anterior biteplate will be beneficial, especially if you are prone to teeth clenching or possess strong facial muscles that cause you to chew harder.

What is its main purpose? To keep your front teeth in place while allowing your posterior teeth to effectively erupt.

Posterior Occlusal Coverage

Whether you have a vertical growth pattern or anterior open bite, this type of retainer will make it possible to have greater control of any possible vertical changes. Easily attached to a top or bottom retainer, it may feel a bit bulky; however, it will prove most beneficial when adding stability, especially in teenagers.

The posterior occlusal coverage retainer is similar to a splint and does require adjustments when delivered to ensure a proper and comfortable fit.

Plastic Full Coverage

If you’ve recently completed orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, you will likely want a retainer that mimics the same style as your trays. With a plastic, full coverage retainer, you can enjoy a device that is made of clear plastic and is created with the help of a digital scan of your smile. There are no hard acrylics or wires. Instead, it is considered a “final post-orthodontic retainer” and is often quickly made and easily adjusted, if necessary.

These devices make it possible to hold adjacent teeth in place and is an ideal solution for those with missing teeth.


If you require improved jaw positioning, facial muscle movement, and bite alignment, don’t be surprised if Dr. Hart doesn’t recommend a splint. This type of oral appliance provides full coverage and is extremely beneficial should you need long-term orthodontic retention to ensure your teeth and bite remain in the proper position.