Retainers are essential for maintaining straight teeth after clear aligner treatment. Discover the types of retainers, their cost, and how they can help you once your primary orthodontic treatment is complete.

Affordable Retainers in Baltimore, MD

After removing braces or clear aligners, it’s important to maintain the new position of the teeth. This is known as the “retention” phase, which involves using a retainer.

What is a dental retainer?

A dental retainer is a custom-made dental appliance, either removable or fixed, that helps keep your teeth in place.

How long do you have to wear a retainer?

Typically, retainers are made of transparent plastic and thin wires, which makes them comfortable for patients to wear. The length of time you’ll need to wear a retainer depends on your age and the orthodontic treatment you received. However, it’s important to wear your retainer consistently and as directed by your dentist; otherwise, your treatment may fail or take longer than expected.

Contact Hamilton Family Dentistry today to learn more.

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  • How much is a dental retainer?

    The cost of a dental retainer can vary widely depending on the type and whether you opt for a removable or permanent retainer.

    Removable retainers with wire are typically the least expensive. Clear plastic retainers cost a little more, and Invisalign’s Vivera retainers are typically the most expensive.

    Contact our dental office today for an estimate tailored to your needs!

  • What happens if I lose my retainer?

    If you lose your retainer, please call our office quickly to avoid any potential movement of your teeth back to their pre-treatment positions. We’ll schedule an appointment to discuss the next steps, which could include taking new impressions of your teeth for a replacement retainer.

  • What types of retainers can I consider?

    There are three main types of retainers:

    • Hawley (metal wire and acrylic)
    • Clear plastic (Essix, fits over teeth)
    • Permanent retainers (fixed wire behind teeth)

    Each type of dental retainer has its benefits, such as durability for Hawley, aesthetics for clear plastic, and convenience for permanent retainers.

    Your choice depends on your specific needs and orthodontist’s advice.

    Schedule an appointment with our office for more detailed comparisons and advice on choosing the right type!

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Hamilton Family Dentistry

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