Retention is the key to long-term stability after orthodontic treatment, especially in adults. I use the ASTICS retainer in my practice. It is a Hawley retainer with a clearlabial bow. The aesthetics are excellent, and the adjustable labial bowand lingual acrylic provide needed retention while allowingpost-treatment settling. For my nonextraction cases I often prescribe awrap-around design to further increase the aesthetics. Aside fromretention, the ASTICS clear labial bow can also be applied to springaligner and flipper appliances.

Patient compliance is very good because of the aesthetics, whichprovides good long-term outcomes. My patients have been wearing ASTICSretainers for more than 2 years with nothing but good retention recalls.

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