retainer

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retainer

1. History a supporter or dependant of a person of rank, esp a soldier
2. a clip, frame, or similar device that prevents a part of a machine, engine, etc., from moving
3. a dental appliance for holding a loose tooth or prosthetic device in position

retainer

[ri′tān·ər]
(engineering)
A device that holds a mechanical component in place.
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One possible explanation for the change in upper intercanine distance is the lack of transversal control by the Hawley retainer due to the clasp located on the interproximal contact between canine and first premolar, which can create transverse instability of this tooth.
Vacum formed retainers more effective than Hawley retainers.
A fixed retainer and an Essix plate were used in the upper arch during the retention phase, as well as a Hawley retainer with a continuous archwire in the lower arch.