Different Types of Retainers


Retainers are essential to the orthodontic process. They help preserve the beautiful alignment achieved with braces or Invisalign. Retainers act as a support system for your teeth, holding them in their new positions. With various types of retainers available, knowing which one is right for you can be challenging. Thankfully, our Delplanche Orthodontics team is here to help you out. This blog highlights the different types of retainers we use at our Beaverton and Lake Oswego offices. Which kind might Dr. Delplanche recommend for you? Keep reading to find out!

Clear Removable Retainer

Clear Removable Retainers are our most common choice for many patients, offering functionality and aesthetics. Made from transparent plastic material, they fit snugly over the teeth, rendering them virtually invisible. 

Clear Removable Retainers are suitable for those who have completed their orthodontic treatment and prefer a less obvious option. Designed to be worn nightly, Dr. Delplanche often recommends them for patients who demonstrate a commitment to wearing them as directed.

The most common drawback to Clear Removable Retainers is that since they are clear, they can be easily lost. We always recommend keeping your retainers in a retainer case to help you keep track of them but also to help you maintain good habits of wearing them nightly after brushing and flossing your teeth.

At Delplanche Orthodontics, we provide patients who complete orthodontic treatment with Clear Removable Retainers. Our expert team fabricates them to fit perfectly and give your teeth the support they need while maintaining the natural beauty of your smile.


Vivera Retainer

The Vivera Retainer is another type of clear removable retainer with some distinct characteristics that set it apart. Created by the makers of Invisalign, the Vivera Retainer is crafted using advanced technology and a proprietary material that offers added strength and durability.

While Vivera retainers share many similarities with standard clear removable retainers, such as their transparent appearance and removability, the critical difference lies in the material. Vivera Retainers are designed to be more resilient, reducing the risk of cracking or breaking. This makes them suitable for those looking for a more durable clear retainer without sacrificing aesthetics.

Vivera retainers are fabricated using a 3D scan of your teeth, so oftentimes, the fit can be slightly more comfortable and similar to Invisalign. Since these retainers use more advanced technology, they are not always included in all treatment plan types.

If you are interested in a Vivera Retainer, be sure to ask for details at your next appointment so we can be sure to explain how these types of retainers work with your individual treatment plan. Not all orthodontic practices offer Vivera Retainers, so obtaining them may require a specific consultation as well as additional costs. But, good news for you, our team uses Vivera regularly and is happy to explain the benefits to these retainers..

Choosing the right retainer for you can be challenging, but our team is here to help as we share the different types of retainers!

Hawley Retainer

The Hawley Retainer is one of the most well-known types of retainers in orthodontics since its use was more common before clear retainers became popular. It consists of a metal wire that runs across the front teeth and an acrylic part that fits in the roof of the mouth. 

Hawley retainers are known for their long-lasting quality, and unlike clear retainers, Dr. Delplanche can adjust the metal wire to fine-tune the alignment of your teeth. However, the metal wire is more noticeable than clear retainers, which may cause concern to some individuals. 

Dr. Delplanche often suggests Hawley retainers for cases where minor adjustments are needed after the braces are removed. Its adjustability makes it a versatile option, suitable for various orthodontic needs.


Bonded Retainer

A bonded retainer is a thin wire connected or glued to the back of the teeth. It’s a behind-the-scenes support system for your smile. Since it’s connected to your teeth, you don’t have to worry about misplacing it or forgetting to put it on.

However, there are drawbacks to a Bonded Retainer, including difficulty flossing and keeping good oral hygiene maintained. Some individuals may notice more special care is needed to clean around the wire, requiring more attention to oral hygiene. This bonded style type of retainer can also sometimes become unattached to your teeth, and at Delplanche Orthodontics, we suggest a set of clear removable retainers in conjunction to ensure your teeth continue to stay straight. 

Our experienced team will work with you to determine which type of retainer is the right choice for your smile to provide the support and care you deserve. Dr. Delplanche always considers the type of retainer needed for your individual treatment plan and always recommends the ongoing use of a retainer to maintain your straight teeth and healthy smile.


Choosing the right retainer for you can be challenging, but our team is here to help as we share the different types of retainers!

Retainers At Delplanche Orthodontics

Whether you have just started your orthodontic journey and are wondering what type of retainer is best for your needs or need a new retainer, we are here for you. Delplanche Orthodontics offers many types of options, and our team will help you choose the right path for your smile, ensuring your teeth stay aligned and beautiful. We have two locations just a quick trip away: Beaverton and Lake Oswego. Visit us here to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Delplanche.