At Reddick Orthodontics We Wear Hawley Retainers

At Reddick Orthodontics we strongly encourage our patients to wear a retainer for their lifetime following orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is a lifelong investment, and retainers are the only way to ensure that your teeth don’t revert back to their original state. We’d like to share a little information about the types of retention available and our preferred appliance.

While there are three common types of retainers, as your orthodontist in Melbourne we prefer Hawley retainers for several reasons. Hawley retainers are made of hard plastic and wire and can be removed. Another option is a clear soft retainer, which requires frequent replacement, and the cost is comparable to that of a Hawley retainer. Permanent retainers can come loose, only noticing once the tooth has shifted back to an undesirable position. As your orthodontist in Melbourne, we believe that these permanent fixtures can also make it difficult to achieve optimal oral hygiene.

Hawley retainers are effective without hindering your oral hygiene. When cared for properly these types of appliances can last you a lifetime. That’s why everyone in here at Reddick Orthodontics office proudly wears a Hawley retainer.


We are now welcoming patients and parents into our waiting rooms.  There is no need to call us when you arrive.  We are, however, asking that everyone wear face coverings upon entering, regardless of vaccination status.  We continue to take precautions for prevention of spreading COVID-19.  We remain vigilant with our sterilization and disinfection protocols and we will continue taking additional precautionary measures as well.  We still ask that you reschedule your appointments if the patient has been symptomatic in the last ten days or has been recently exposed to someone known to be infected with COVID-19.

 We will continue utilizing only half of our operatories to maintain significant distance between patients.  We ask that all of our patients thoroughly brush their teeth prior to their appointments to limit the use of our toothbrushing area.  As always, we will continue to be committed to giving each of our patients the best possible experience!

Thank you for your understanding!

Dr. Reddick and the Reddick Orthodontics Team