Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, you will move to a retainer to maintain your results. Your retainer will protect the investment you made in time and money during your orthodontic treatment by keeping your teeth in their new position while your gums and jaw stabilize. To serve the needs of our many patients, Bass River Dental in South Yarmouth, MA offers several high-quality retainer options, such as a fixed or removable retainer. Dentist Dr. Peter Russo will guide you along the way and discuss all your options.
Types of Retainers
At Bass River Dental, we offer our patients three different types of retainers based on each patient's needs: a Hawley retainer, clear retainer, or a fixed retainer. A Hawley retainer (the most common type of retainer) is made up of molded wires, clasps, and plastic that can be removed. A clear retainer is inconspicuously worn just like a clear teeth aligner and can be removed from the mouth very easily. A fixed retainer cannot be taken out of the mouth and is bonded to the back of the teeth on one or both arches.
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Best Candidates for Retainers
Retainers are recommended for all patients as soon as they finish an orthodontic treatment. Even though your teeth are in their new position, a retainer helps to hold them there while the rest of your mouth adjusts. A retainer is ideal for younger patients who are still waiting for all their permanent teeth to develop and while their jawbone is still growing.
What to Expect with Retainers
Once your braces are removed from your teeth, you can be fitted for your retainer. We will make an impression of your mouth and send it off to a dental laboratory. Once your retainer is ready approximately 1 – 2 weeks later, we will schedule an office visit. During this appointment, we will make sure that your retainer is comfortable before sending you home. We will also give you how often you need to wear your retainer as well as how to clean and store your retainer.
How long you have to wear your retainer will vary. It is usually recommended to wear your retainer until all your permanent teeth have come in and when your jaw is done growing (generally in the early to mid 20s). With proper maintenance and regular inspections, your retainer should last a very long time. As the years progress and normal wear and tear occurs, your retainer may need to be replaced. In the meantime, you should practice routine cleaning and safely store your retainer when not in use. If your retainer is damaged or lost, contact our office to receive a replacement.
Retainers Insurance Coverage
A retainer may be included as part of your orthodontic treatment. During your consultation, we will let you know if there is an extra cost for your retainer. We will also go over your retainer options and cost estimates. If you have dental insurance, we will contact your provider to determine if any of your cost is covered, and then calculate your out-of-pocket costs. Bass River Dental accepts many payment methods, including low-interest medical financing.
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Fixed and Removable Retainers
Keep your teeth in their new position after your orthodontic treatment with a fixed or removable retainer from Bass River Dental. Proper use of a retainer can prevent a second orthodontic treatment as an adult. Schedule a consultation at our office in South Yarmouth, MA to learn more about the benefits of retainers.