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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A Hawley retainer was constructed from Adams clasps on the first molars, canine-canine teeth labial bows, and acrylic base plates.
One technique which can be implemented in most of the situations is to give a Hawley retainer to the patient immediately after debonding.
A Hawley retainer for the upper jaw and a clear overlay retainer for the lower jaw were applied for approximately 1 year.
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.
Removable retainers such as Hawley retainers and clear overlay retainers have been typically used in the retention phase [15].