Orthodontic Retainers are custom-made devices, made usually of wires or clear plastic, that hold teeth in position after surgery or any method of realigning teeth.
They are most often used before or after braces to hold teeth in position while assisting the adjustment of the surrounding gums to changes in the bone.
Most patients are required to wear their retainer(s) every night at first, with many also being directed to wear them during the day – at least initially.
Orthodontic Retainers are Clear or Metal. Clear Acrylic Retainers are the most common type of retainer. Metal bar retainers are also made often.