All about Retainers

What are Retainers?

Orthodontics Retainers are custom-fit orthodontic appliances that help maintain the position of teeth or work to realign one or two teeth in a patient’s mouth. They tend to go hand-in-hand with braces and other orthodontic procedures that may not necessarily require surgery.

While they do represent another piece of hardware that needs to be worn, they represent only a minor hassle that can bring big benefits to keeping your smile in pristine condition.

What Are Orthodontic Retainers?

An orthodontic retainer is made from an impression of a patient’s mouth, which means that no two retainers are the same. They’re designed to hold teeth in place while the jawbone and soft tissue above it are still settling after a procedure like orthodontic braces or to realign one or two teeth at a time.

A retainer can fit the upper portion of a patient’s mouth, the lower portion or it can be worn as a set of two for both the upper and lower portions of the mouth.

Who Should Wear a Retainer?

There are a few types of patients who will need to wear a retainer.

  • Patients who formerly had braces – The procedure of realigning teeth using traditional braces or Invisalign braces leaves the underlying structure of the mouth malleable. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it allows your teeth to be moved and repositioned in a way that makes your smile beam.Orthodontic retainers are generally used after a patient undergoes treatment using orthodontic braces to keep the teeth locked in place until the bone and soft tissue stiffens.
  • Young children – Young children tend to have a more malleable mouth than adults due to the way their bodies work. This means that their teeth may be prone to movement that can ultimately prove unfavorable.To prevent this, a retainer set can be used to correct minor deviations and to safeguard against any unwanted movements.
  • Patients correcting one or two teeth – A retainer can be used to correct the alignment of one or two teeth at a time when a full set of braces isn’t required.

Steps to Retainer Care

To ensure that your retainer lasts as long as possible, follow the following retainer care steps:

  1. When not using your retainer, always keep it in the case. This prevents it from getting damaged, warped or harmed.
  2. Brush your retainer whenever you brush your teeth. Ensure that you use an extra soft toothbrush with a gentle toothpaste, such as the kind designed for people suffering from canker sores.
  3. Disinfect your retainer on a regular basis by using a denture cleaner or retainer cleanser with something like peracetic acid or another antimicrobial agent with warm water.
  4. Don’t put your retainer in the dishwasher. Harsh chemicals and hot water are a sure way to lessen the life of your orthodontic device.

Failure to care for your retainer can result in unnecessary replacements and may lengthen your orthodontic treatment if they become warped.

The Cost of Retainers

The cost of retainers tends to vary depending upon the type of retainer desired.

  • The Hawley style of retainer, which is made of hard acrylic with wire bonded to fit into the patient’s mouth, tends to cost between $150 to $300 per retainer. While the cost of replacement tends to be included with braces, they can be replaced for about $70 to $250 per retainer.
  • An Essix retainer, which is made of hard clear plastic formed from a vacuum process, costs anywhere from $100 to $20 per retainer. This type of retainer tends to be prone to warping and breaking, which means that it may need to be replaced more frequently than other types.
  • A Vivera clear plastic retainer, such as those used in the Invisialign process, cost $300 to $750 for a set of orthodontic retainers each year. Replacements are mailed to the patient every three months.
  • Correcting overbites and other dental imperfections using a retainer can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000 due to the fact that these types of procedures tends to require multiple sets of appliances designed to reshape the mouth over a long period of time.

At Nalchajian Orthodontics, we assure you the best possible orthodontic solutions, be it treatment or consultation. Get in touch with us today.

Nalchajian Orthodontics – 7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720

Phone: (559) 432 7100

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