Have you ever considered getting a permanent retainer? Some people wonder if it’s worth the cost, but in reality, it’s more cost-effective than buying new retainers every time they wear out. In this article, you’ll learn more about what makes permanent retainers worth it in the long run, as well as how to care for them after you get them put in.
Who are Permanent Retainer?
A permanent retainer is used to hold teeth in place after orthodontic treatment. The type of permanent retainers vary, but most can be taken out during eating and while brushing teeth, making them convenient and easy to wear.
As long as they are worn according to your orthodontist’s instructions, they will help keep your teeth looking great for years to come. For more information about getting a permanent retainer or about what your dentist can do for you, contact our office today! We are dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive dental care in a warm and friendly environment. Permanent Retainer
Permanent Retainer Cost
Fees vary depending on where you live, but typically range from $300-$700 (or more). If it’s your first time having one made, it’s usually a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist for initial impressions and maybe even having a mold taken of your teeth.
From there, expect to pay around $1,000-$1,500 for every set of retainers that is made. This fee can be more if multiple sets are needed or will be required in order to hold up longer than expected.
A fixed retainer is really just another word for an upfront payment. Fixed retainers can range from as little as $250 to tens of thousands, depending on your needs and who you talk to. Permanent Retainer
The main benefit of a fixed retainer is that it guarantees your lawyer’s time for one particular purpose, in one particular case, for one specific fee. When someone hires us to help them draft their will, we use a fixed retainer that ranges from $3,000 to $6,000—and yes, it still hurts our feelings when we think about how some people may balk at paying even that much money.
Invisalign vs. Braces
The battle for straight teeth is an old one. Which is better, braces or Invisalign? This can be a complex question to answer since there are so many factors to consider and neither option is right for everyone. However, if you’re trying to decide between Invisalign vs. braces in Phoenix, we’ve got your back. Here’s what you need to know before making that decision and getting treatment
Why consider a permanent retainer?
There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend a bonded or permanent retainer for you. The most common is that your teeth are overcrowded and/or maloccluded (meaning they’re crooked) which prevents them from lining up with each other properly.
Because of how it’s cemented to your teeth, a bonded or permanent retainer can correct these problems by holding your teeth in their proper place while they grow outwards. This means that over time, as your jaw grows and changes shape due to normal growth and aging, your bite will still remain healthy and well-aligned.
How long will it take?
The first two appointments will take about 2 hours each. The initial appointment is for me to evaluate your teeth and make sure we are on the same page with what I can accomplish with your smile.
Then, based on that evaluation, I will create a treatment plan detailing exactly what procedures I think will best suit your needs. Afterward, it’s just one 30-minute appointment every 3 months to keep your teeth in tip-top shape!
Is it comfortable?
One of the main reasons people may be reluctant to have a retainer fitted is because they worry about how it will feel in their mouth. But good impressions and high-quality retainers are soft, durable and comfortable – it’s common for patients to forget they have them in.
Most patients who wear them say they never had any trouble getting used to them, or that they don’t even notice that they’re there. To ensure your comfort, visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings so he can make adjustments or do repairs as needed.
What materials are used?
The materials used to make retainers vary depending on your dentist. The most common material is clear plastic, but some dentists also use metal wire, acrylic or other plastics and even colored metals like gold. Whether it’s clear or not, every retainer has holes drilled in it to allow for airflow and swallowing.
Retainers are usually worn for about 12 months after getting teeth straightened with braces; some doctors recommend wearing them up to 24 months. A permanent retainer can be worn after that point (or anytime) if your teeth move back out of place or need a little extra straightening.
Will I have to wear retainers forever?
You will have to wear your retainers for many years after you’ve finished your orthodontic treatment. However, like most things, they won’t be required forever. In fact, it is recommended that patients keep wearing their retainers at least eight hours per day for at least three years after finishing their treatment.
This can be reduced over time so long as their teeth remain straight and clean. In some cases, however, dentists may recommend keeping an appliance even longer if they feel there is still potential risk of relapse.
Myths about retainers
Lots of people have misconceptions about what retainers are and why you’d want one. Here are some common myths:
Myth 1: Retainers are a cosmetic appliance that only looks good. When they fit correctly, they do more than simply look good—they also help prevent further misalignment from occurring after teeth are straightened.
Myth 2: They won’t work for my teeth or mouth. All retainers are made to match your teeth, so even if your situation is unusual (for example, you have bite issues or very large teeth), there’s probably a type of retainer that will work for you—it just might take an extra visit or two to find it.
Myth 3: Retainers break easily and aren’t durable.
A lot of people worry about getting their braces off when they are done, as they are uncomfortable and unsightly. But in many cases, that is not a valid concern. At Faver & Magner Orthodontics, we believe that patients should have complete information to determine if a fixed retainer is right for them.
If you’re interested in getting a fixed retainer after your braces come off, give us call to set up an appointment. You’ll be able to ask questions and get straight answers from our team—and we can make sure there aren’t any surprises after your braces come off!