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A, Hawley retainer
These are the most common removable retainers made from an acrylic base plate with a metal labial bow. This retainer clips onto the teeth.


B, Essix retainer
These are vacuum-formed aesthetic (invisible) retainers. Easy and comfortable to wear. Only disadvantage is when the teeth shift slightly, the retainer will no longer fit.
You must remove your retainers whilst eating and drinking because it may cause staining to the teeth.


C, Fixed Retainer

retainers_005Small wires bonded permanently on the inside surfaces of the teeth. These mandibular retainers must be worn until all growth has ceased. Nevertheless when this wire is removed, there is a slight chance that the mandibular incisors could shift. You will be shown how to brush the teeth as you will need to be careful whilst brushing.

If the retainer becomes loose you will need to contact your orthodontist.

After active treatment retainers will need to be worn. Removable retainers are worn full-time for the first 1 to 3 months. They are then worn only at nights for the next few months, phasing down to every other night for a few months, and eventually 1 or 2 nights a week. You should then keep wearing your removable retainers 1-2 nights a week for as long as possible; in other words for as long as you want your teeth to remain straight! This is called ‘long-term retention’.

Opening Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8.30am -5.30pm
Closed for lunch 1.00pm - 2.00pm


310 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4HD




01473 462355


01473 462356

Important Notice:

We accept a minimum of one day notice before cancelling the appointment. More than one missed or cancelled appointments without giving notice may incur a charge. More than three missed appointments (without cancelling) may lead to the discontinuation of your treatment.

Occasionally we may need to rearrange clinics at short notice for a variety of reasons such as training courses or illness. We do sometimes run late, often due to emergency repairs or a previous patient arriving late - please bear with us and allow sufficient time.

Appointments and cancellations:

Usually your appointments will be at 3-5 week intervals. If you are unable to attend, please call and let us know as soon as possible by calling our practice.

In case of emergency:

For advice call:

01473 462 355

Emergency number:

07582 284659

If no one is there to answer, you will be asked either to leave a message or given an alternative telephone number to contact.

Code of Practice for Complaints

Infection Control Policy