When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months.  Hawley retainers are your upper retainers,which are removable.  You must be very careful when handling your upper retainers, as they are fragile and costly to replace.  You are given a special case for your retainer; please make sure you keep it in this case when not wearing it. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and clean your retainer with your toothbrush, toothpaste and cool water before placing it back in your mouth.  Your retainer should be worn 14 hours a day.  Your retainer should also be removed when participating in sports or while swimming. 

Your lower retainer is a lingual fixed retainer, meaning it is cemented in place, not removable.  Dr. Kilareski has specifically chosen this type of retainer since most relapse or shifting occurs on the lower teeth, due to patients not wearing their "removable" lower retainer.  Lastly, we also give you a second, clear removable retainer for the lower to be worn as a backup strictly at night.

Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far.


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.