What Are Retainers?
Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, you will be fitted for a retainer to keep your results. A retainer will hold your teeth in their new place while your gums and jaw stabilize, protecting the investment you made in time and money during your orthodontic treatment. To better serve our Boston, MA patients, Downtown Boston Dental offers many high-quality retainer choices, including a fixed or removable retainer. We are here to help you along the way so you understand all of your options.
Types of Retainers
At Downtown Boston Dental, we offer three different types of retainers: a Hawley retainer, a clear retainer, or a fixed retainer. The type of retainer you get will depend on personal preference but also your specific needs. A Hawley retainer (the most frequently used type of retainer) is made up of shaped wires, clasps, and plastic that can be taken out. A transparent retainer is inconspicuously worn the same way as Invisalign® aligners and can be removed from the mouth very easily. A fixed retainer can't be taken out of the mouth and is bonded behind the teeth on both or just one arch.
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Do I Need a Retainer?
If you have had orthodontic treatment, we suggest you get a retainer upon completion. Even though your teeth are set in their correct position, a retainer will help to hold them there while the remainder of your mouth adapts. A retainer is ideal for younger patients who are still waiting for the rest of their permanent teeth to come in and while their jawbone is still forming.
What to Expect From Retainers
As soon as your orthodontic treatment is complete, you can be fitted for your retainer. We will take impressions of your teeth and ship them off to a dental laboratory. After about 1 – 2 weeks, we'll get the retainer in and schedule an office visit. During this appointment, we will make sure your retainer fits comfortably before sending you home. We will also go over how often you will need to use your retainer in addition to how to wash, store, and maintain it.
Living with Your Retainer
How long you have to use your retainer will differ. We usually suggest you wear your retainer until all your permanent teeth come in and when your jaw is done growing (normally in the early to mid-20s). With good maintenance and routine inspections, your retainer can last you many years. In a time when normal wear and tear occurs, your retainer might need to be replaced. It's important that you still practice daily cleaning and safely keep your retainer when not being used. If your retainer is lost or damaged, contact our office for a replacement.
Insurance Coverage for Retainers
A retainer may be included with your dental treatment. During your initial consultation, we will let you know whether there is an extra cost for your retainer. We will go over retainer alternatives and cost estimates. If you are using dental insurance, we will contact your insurance provider to find out if any of your expenses are covered and then figure out your out-of-pocket expenses. Downtown Boston Dental accepts many payments, including low-interest medical financing.
Keep Your Smile
Maintain your beautiful smile after your orthodontic treatment with a fixed or removable retainer from Downtown Boston Dental. Continuous use of a retainer can help prevent the need for more orthodontic treatment later and will help protect the investment you made. Schedule an appointment at our office in Boston, MA to learn more about the advantages of retainers.