All of the aesthetic qualities of an invisible retainer with the durability, functionality and benefits of a Hawley Retainer.
Unlike other clear type retainers, the Clear Bow covers little or no biting surfaces which allows the teeth to settle into occlusion, which will also permit even distribution of biting surfaces.
Clear bow has unparalleled durability. In the past, you might have seen other Hawleys with a clear strap across the incisors. Clear Bow is not like them and has been tested on over 5,000 appliances over 4 years with no breakages reported. It is guaranteed not to break when used under normal conditions specified by the doctor. Combined with our 100% guarantee with Duraloy clasps, you have a retainer that will withstand the test of time.
It not only resists breakage but it also resists stains. Clear Bow will not be stained by coffee, cola, beet juice or red wine.
The BPA-free plastic strap features a patented design and is fabricated from food-grade materials made in the USA and manufactured in Canada. It is three prong adjustable and comes in a 2.75 mm strip and now a 1.4 mm strip that offers full labial contact when adapted properly. It is made from a polyethylene terephthalate, similar to the material used for the bleaching trays and overlay retainers.
Here an an excerpt from my blog, From the Lab Guy, of working with the Clear Bow at the 2016 AAO Conference in Orlando:
“…Other people were going to SeaWorld and Universal. I spent Sunday morning with a couple of Canadians bending wire. Clear Bow might not be as exciting as Harry Potter Land, but with the excellent things I have been hearing about this product from other labs and doctors, it was time for this old dog to learn a new trick.
The videos on Clearbow.com do it far more justice than I can, but I could see it is a superior product. It has all of the aesthetic nature of an invisible retainer with the durability, functionality and benefits of a Hawley. It is guaranteed to not break or stain. I just had to learn how to adapt it.
I’m set in my ways. It’s tough. So, of course I made it harder on myself by ignoring the detailed instructions in the video and tried to bend my samples and adapt the bow the way my brain was telling me was the “right” way. In Orlando, Jason from Clear Bow set me straight and I shrugged out of my jacket, flipped my tie over my shoulder, and got to the bending and adapting. The Clear Bow way. Jason’s way. By the end of the session, he was telling me it looked like it came from his own lab…”
Check out www.clearbow.com for more information, videos and pictures.