Orthodontic Appliances and Retainers

We have a wide range of Fixed Active and Passive, and Removable Active and Passive Orthodontic Appliances and Retainers to choose from

Orthodontic Appliances and Retainers Overview

Fixed Active orthodontic appliances and retainers, like Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) and Quad Helix, are cemented in your patients’ mouth.

Fixed Passive orthodontic appliances and retainers, like space maintainers and lingual wire in memosil key, are cemented without the elements that provide forces to the teeth.

Removable Active orthodontic appliances and retainers are often used during the course of limited tooth movement within the primary, mixed or permanent dentitions. Removable Active appliances can be used in upper or lower arches, typically incorporating finger springs or elastics as the active components, and including expansion plates with screws and springs.

Removable Passive orthodontic appliances are worn after orthodontic treatment, to help teeth stay in their desired position. They’re usually worn at night after fixed appliance or sequential aligner therapy has been completed.

Why choose Removable Active appliances?

Removable Active appliances are the ideal choice for aesthetics, and are easily repaired. However, consideration must be given to case selection, patient compliance and cost.

TrioClear™ is an example of Removable Active orthodontic solutions for diastemas, mild spacing/crowding and unaesthetic crowding. With minimal visibility, clear align treatment is ideal for aesthetics and are comfortable for patients to wear. Removability allows for good oral hygiene.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced chairtime for treatment.
  • Prevents occlusal wear if patient is also a bruxer with biocompatible aligner material.
  • Increased ability to educate patients with treatment protocols, three-dimensional graphics, treatment progression and visualisation of potential outcomes.
  • Aligners are worn about 22 hours/day.
  • In general, TrioClear™ treatment involves between 6 and 20 different sets of aligners, but every case is different. A set of aligners has three steps, and you will need to change them every 3 to 9 days for gentle tooth movement over time.
  • General dentist can oversee clear aligner treatment in conjunction with routine general dental treatment.
TrioClear™ Clear Sequential Aligners

Removable Passive

Orthodontic Retainers
Lingual Wire in Memosil Key
Effectiveness - Anterior✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Effectiveness - Posterior✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ -✓ ✓ ✓
Longevity✓ ✓ ✓✓ ✓✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Comfort✓ ✓✓ ✓ to ✓ ✓ ✓
(Depend on Tongue Adapting to its Presence)
✓ ✓
Removability✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ -✓ ✓ ✓
Hygiene✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Occlusal Settling✓ ✓ (esp. Begg)Limited✓ ✓ ✓ Limited
Grinding Protection-✓ ✓ ✓ -✓ ✓ ✓
Bleach / Medicament Application-✓ ✓ ✓ -✓ ✓ ✓
Ability to Store Digitally---✓ ✓ ✓
Ability to be Repaired✓ ✓ ✓ -✓ (Limited)-
*Essix appliance (Dr John Sheridan)