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Removable Hawley Retainers in Fredericksburg and Stafford

Retainers keep your teeth straight after you’re done with braces or other orthodontic treatment. Removable Hawley retainers are among the original retainers used by orthodontists. Evolving over the years, Hawley now includes clear plastic removable retainers. Learn more about these retainers and whether they’re the right option for you.

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What Are Hawley Retainers?

Woman smiling with a hawley retainer

Hawley Retainers are the original retention device. A removable Hawley retainer is a combination of a hard plastic or acrylic plate molded to fit your mouth comfortably. A wire is positioned against the front of your top teeth to keep them in place.

A Hawley dental retainer is usually comfortable to wear, easy to use and effectively protects your new smile for as long as you are directed to wear it. According to a recent study from the National Institute of Health, 90% of orthodontists prefer the Hawley retainer for use with a maxillary dental arch.  

How Do Hawley Retainers Work?

Woman inserting her Hawley retainer in her mouth

Hawley dental retainers are made and molded to fit each patient’s mouth specifically. These retainers use a metal wire to hold the six anterior teeth in place while the acrylic or plastic arch is held against the roof of your mouth. The retainer prevents these teeth from moving back into their original positions after corrective orthodontic treatment.

Hawley Retainers only work once a patient has completed a process of braces or Invisalign to straighten their teeth. These retainers are usually worn for six to nine months, depending on your orthodontist, though most patients tend to wear some form of retainer for the rest of their lives to prevent their teeth from moving back.

Caring for Your Hawley Retainer

A vital part of any orthodontic treatment plan is caring for your orthodontics. You can easily take care of your Hawley Retainer as part of your daily hygiene routine:

  • You should clean your retainer daily by brushing it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. 
  • If your retainer has plaque buildup, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water.
  • Avoid hot temperatures to prevent your retainer from changing shape and not fitting in your mouth correctly.
  • Remove your retainer while eating, drinking anything but water, and brushing your teeth so you can clean your teeth properly before placing the retainer back in.
  • When your retainer isn’t in your mouth, keep it in a safe place like its case.

Why Choose Rappahannock Orthodontics

When considering your orthodontic treatment or aftercare for your orthodontics, consider Rappahannock Orthodontics. Your care is our first priority and we specialize in making our clients feel good about themselves. Dr. Caspersen is a board-certified orthodontist who graduated from one of the top residencies in the country. Our team specializes in making kids and adults feel comfortable at our office while we create the smile you have always dreamed about!

For more information or to book a consultation, contact one of our friendly staff members. We look forward to helping you feel more confident with a beautiful smile!


Call 540-371-2611 to make an appointment in Stafford or Fredericksburg today!
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Fredericksburg Location

Rappahannock Orthodontics
408 Chatham Square Office Park
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Stafford Location

Rappahannock Orthodontics
35 Walpole St #203
Stafford, VA 22554

Business Hours

Monday - Thursday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed for lunch daily
from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hours alternate every other week with our other office. This schedule is subject to change. Please call with any questions.