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Hawley Retainer Questions


  1. What is the most common retainer used?
  2. What do Spring Hawley designs accomplish?
  3. What is a Super Modified Spring Hawley?
  4. What is a Spring Retainer?
  5. What acrylic colors and designs do you offer?
  6. Do you make custom designed retainers?
  7. What is the most common circumferential Hawley?
  8. Do you make retainers that are not listed on the prescription sheet?
  9. What is a Specialty Wrap?
  10. What is the best way to individually move teeth?


What is the most common retainer used?

The traditional Hawley retainer is the most popular design, which comes with "C" clasps. However, there is a variety of clasp options available including Adams, Ball, Arrow and Delta clasps.


What do Spring Hawley designs accomplish?

The Spring Hawley designs are used to correct minor rotations and close small diastemas.


What is a Super Modified Spring Hawley?

The Super Modified Spring Hawley has a helix on the distal aspect on the lingual band of acrylic. This gives the clinician more torque control as well as rotational force.


What is a Spring Retainer?

The Spring Retainer is a wire framework from cuspid to cuspid or bicuspid to bicuspid only. There is a band of acrylic on the labial and lingual surface of the teeth. No acrylic is placed in the tissue area.


What acrylic colors and designs do you offer?

Specialty Appliances has a wide range of colors and designs to choose from. Please refer to the Specialty Appliances Color Guide for options. We offer Specialty Colors (A) free of charge. If your patients want more design options we also offer Glitter Galore (B), Opaque Colors (C), Laser Lights (D), Neon Lights (E), Safari Art (F), Designer Art (H) and Magic Mixtures (G).


Do you make custom designed retainers?

Yes, please feel free to contact our technical support team to help you with your special request.


What is the most common circumferential Hawley?

The Wrap Around Hawley as well as the Labial Bow Soldered to Adam's claps are the most popular circumferential designs.


Do you make retainers that are not listed on the prescription sheet?

We make several designs not listed on the prescription form. We simply do not have enough room on the Rx for all the designs. If you do not see the design you would like on the Rx, please describe the design in the special instructions area.


What is a Specialty Wrap?

The Specialty Wrap is a circumferential design that has a clear acrylic labial bow instead of a wire bow.


What is the best way to individually move teeth?

Finger Springs or Mini-Screws work best for individual tooth movement.

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