An Essix retainer.

Essix Retainers

Once you finish your orthodontic treatment for braces or Invisalign, you will transition to wearing a retainer. A retainer is a dental appliance that helps keep your newly straightened teeth in their new positions. Without a retainer, the teeth would gradually shift back to their former position, ruining all your hard work to achieve a beautiful smile.

You can choose between three types of retainers: Essix retainers, Hawley retainers, and permanent retainers. Learning more about each one is essential to helping you decide which one you want. So, to get started, let’s look at Essix retainers and why you might want this one.

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What Is An Essix Retainer?

An Essix retainer is a clear retainer, similar to Invisalign and clear aligners. It is custom-made, clear, durable plastic that fits securely over the teeth and helps keep teeth in place. 

What Are The Pros Of Essix Retainers?

  • They help keep teeth in place
  • It is hard to tell you are wearing a retainer
  • They are easy to remove to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth
  • They are less likely to irritate your gums

What Are The Cons Of Essix Retainers?

  • They have to be replaced annually
  • The plastic can warp if it is put under hot water
  • They need to be cleaned daily to remove plaque and bacteria
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How Do Essix Retainers Compare To Hawley And Permanent Retainers?

Now that you know more about Essix retainers, comparing them to your other options is worthwhile to determine if they are the right choice for you.

What Are Hawley Retainers?

A Hawley retainer is a traditional retainer that has existed for a long time. It is made of a shaped plastic material with metal wires that secure around the teeth to hold them in place. Just like Essix retainers, they are custom-made for each person. 

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Hawley Retainers?

Pros:
  • They help keep your teeth in place
  • They can be easily adjusted when necessary
  • They are much easier to clean than Essix retainers
  • They cost less than other types of retainers
  • They do not need to be replaced as often as Essix retainers
Cons:
  • They are noticeable, so some people may feel more self-conscious about their appearance when wearing them
  • They require people to remember to wear them as recommended
  • They must be handled with care to avoid damaging or breaking the appliance

What Are Permanent Retainers?

A permanent retainer is a thin metal wire bonded to the back side of the teeth to keep them in place. Although they are not actually permanent, your orthodontist can remove them at any time.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Permanent Retainers?

Pros:
  • Easily hidden behind teeth so they do not affect appearance
  • No need to remove and clean
  • Easy to clean with regular brushing
  • Helps keep teeth in place like other retainers
  • They last the longest compared to Essix and Hawley retainers
Cons:
  • Makes flossing teeth more difficult
  • Have to limit hard and sticky foods as they can get stuck, damage, or break the retainer
  • It takes extra brushing time to brush around and under the retainer
  • Potential risk of plaque and tartar buildup around the retainer
  • It may not be the best choice if you play contact sports

Which Retainer Is Best?

Deciding which retainer is best depends on several factors, including:

  • Your specific dental needs
  • Your lifestyle
  • Your commitment to wearing your retainer and cleaning it
  • Your personal preferences

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When you need Las Vegas dental braces and retainers, Absolute Dental provides a wide range of options from traditional to clear braces and Essix, Hawley, and permanent retainers. Our dental office in Las Vegas can also take care of all your dental needs for you and your entire family. 

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FAQs

To clean an Essix retainer, remove it from your mouth, rinse it in cold water, and use liquid soap. You also need to clean the inside of the retainer to remove plaque and bacteria using a soft toothbrush. You may also use a “quick” denture cleaner and soak it in the cleaner for five to ten minutes. 

Another cleaning option is to use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste on your Essix retainer. However, remember that using toothpaste will cloud the retainer’s clarity. 

Essix retainers are very durable. With proper care and cleaning, they can last up to 12 months. However, depending on the wear and tear, they may need to be replaced sooner. Generally, you should plan on getting a new Essix retainer yearly.

Types of Retainers

Absolute Dental offers different types of retainers to keep your teeth straight. You can smile confidently knowing your teeth are perfectly aligned after orthodontic treatment with these retainers:

Hawley Retainers

hawley retainer

A Hawley retainer is a more traditional type of retainer for teeth. It uses a strong metal wire that goes over the teeth and an anchor plate to hold the retainer in place. Hawley retainers are durable, comfortable, adjustable, and very effective at preventing teeth from shifting. Additionally, they are easy to remove and clean.

Essix Retainers

essix retainer

Unlike a wire retainer, Essix retainers are a type of clear plastic retainer that is molded to fit directly over the teeth. They look similar to Invisalign aligners because they are virtually invisible when worn. However, they do not shift or move teeth like Invisalign. They simply hold your smile’s position to keep the teeth in alignment.

Fixed/Permanent Retainers

permanent retainer

Fixed or permanent retainers use bonding material to attach a single wire to your teeth to maintain their position. This option is commonly used as a bottom teeth retainer to hold the front six teeth in place. They’re also a great option for patients with rotated teeth or severe misalignments who need extensive orthodontic treatment to correct their smile.

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89139
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89118
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89121
Phone Number: (702) 843-5014

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Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89120
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Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
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Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Thur: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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8380 West Cheyenne Avenue ste 102
Las Vegas, Nevada 89129
Phone Number: (702) 843-0949

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Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89108
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Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thur: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am - 1:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89131
Phone Number: (702) 843-5008

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Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thur: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89147
Phone Number: (702) 843-0921

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Tue: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Wed: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Thur: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Sat: Closed
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89110
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Sat: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
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Thur: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Sat: 8:00am - 1:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
Phone Number: (702) 843-5039

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Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thur: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89139
Phone Number: (702) 583-5342

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Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Sun: Closed

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89129
Phone Number: (702) 733-0888

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Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Phone Number: (702) 848-7760

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Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89149
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Wed: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Fri: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: Some Saturdays 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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3226 North Decatur Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
Phone Number: (702) 648-6800

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Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Phone Number: (702) 735-4470

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Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thurs: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89147
Phone Number: (702) 309-0909

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Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89110
Phone Number: (702) 605-9120

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Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
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Saturday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
Phone Number: (702) 551-4128

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Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89129
Phone Number: (702) 625-8031

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Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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5731 South Fort Apache Road #110
Las Vegas, Nevada 89148
Phone Number: (702) 476-2700

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Monday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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8710 West Charleston Boulevard suite 100
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
Phone Number: (702) 330-8952

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Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
Phone Number: (702) 384-7200

Hours

Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89118
Phone Number: (702) 395-0157

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Wednesday: 7:00am-4:00pm
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