Get A Lifetime of Smiles with A Permanent Retainer
Once you are done with your braces treatment, your orthodontist at Orthodontic Experts may place a Permanent Retainer in your mouth. Our retainer is made of high-quality, durable materials that are designed to last a lifetime. It stays in place 24/7 and is virtually invisible, allowing you to enjoy your natural smile without any interruption. Plus, our retainer is custom-fitted to your unique dental structure, ensuring maximum comfort and effectiveness. Never worry about teeth shifting again – our Permanent Retainer will provide the long-lasting results you desire. Trust us to help you achieve a permanent, picture-perfect smile that you can be proud of for years to come.
What is a Permanent Retainer?
After undergoing orthodontic treatment, you finally get your perfectly straight smile; however, in order to maintain it, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in that position consistently. One way of retaining that beautiful smile is using a Permanent Retainer.
A Permanent Retainer, also known as a bonded or fixed retainer, is a device used to hold your teeth in their proper position after undergoing orthodontic treatment. This retention device consists of a thin wire or metal bar that is bonded to the back of your teeth using composite resin.
At Orthodontic Experts, we understand that maintaining your teeth alignment is the ultimate goal after orthodontic treatment. That’s why we offer a range of retention options, including a fixed retainer, as it provides the most effective retention for those who are unwilling or unable to wear removable retainers.
How Does a Fixed Retainer Work?
A Fixed Retainer is designed to keep your teeth in their proper position by preventing them from moving over time. During the bonding process, our orthodontists will clean the surface of your teeth to ensure that the composite resin bonds properly.
Once the bonding material is in place, a thin wire or a metal bar is bonded to your teeth using the composite resin to hold your teeth in place. Usually, lower teeth are more prone to shifting due to their smaller roots, so a Rixed Retainer is typically bonded to the inside of the lower front teeth. This is done to prevent crowding or gapping between your teeth.
Pros & Cons of Permanent Retainer
Maintaining straight teeth and a correct bite is a lifelong journey, and it can be challenging to keep teeth in their ideal position without the help of orthodontic appliances. After months or years spent wearing braces, some patients choose to cement a Permanent Retainer. But are they the right choice for everyone? Here we’re breaking down the pros and cons of fixed retainers.
Pros of Permanent Retainers
- No Compliance Required
Unlike removable retainers, which must be worn for a certain number of hours per day, Permanent Retainers don’t require any daily maintenance or compliance. Once it’s in place, patients won’t need to worry about forgetting to wear their retainer, losing their retainer, or swallowing their retainer.
- Long-Lasting Results
Because a Permanent Retainer is always in place, it provides consistent pressure and keeps teeth in the same alignment over a long period of time. This means that patients who choose to cement a Permanent Retainer are often less likely to experience post-treatment shifts or relapses.
- Minimal Disruption
A Permanent Retainer blends with the natural part of the teeth, and it doesn’t require any daily adjustment. After the initial placement, patients won’t need to disrupt their day-to-day life in any way.
Cons of Permanent Retainers
- Oral Hygiene Challenges
Maintaining good oral hygiene with a Permanent Retainer can be difficult, and many patients struggle to remove plaque and food particles from the nooks and crannies that the wire creates. It’s especially important for patients with Permanent Retainers to maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine to avoid problems like gum disease or tooth decay.
- Risk of Damage
If a Permanent Retainer is not cared for properly, it can break or come loose. This can cause discomfort, shifting, or complete loss of teeth alignment. Patients with Permanent Retainers need to be careful when chewing sticky, hard, or crunchy foods and may need to avoid certain activities altogether.
- Need for Professional Maintenance
Patients with Permanent Retainers need to visit their orthodontist regularly for checkups, wire adjustments, and repairs. This requires a long-term commitment to maintaining teeth alignment and can be inconvenient for patients who prefer a more hands-off approach to their orthodontic maintenance.
Cleaning and Maintenance of Permanent Retainers
Regular cleaning and maintenance are crucial for the effectiveness and longevity of your Fixed Retainer. The following tips mentioned below will help you to keep your Permanent Retainer and teeth clean and healthy, reducing the risk of complications.
Cost of a Permanent Retainer
Orthodontic Experts is a leading provider of Permanent Retainers for patients who have undergone orthodontic treatment. The cost of a Permanent Retainer varies based on factors such as the type of retainer, and whether or not insurance covers the cost. Generally, Permanent Retainers are more expensive than removable retainers since they are designed to be worn for a longer period of time. However, Permanent Retainers also provide the convenience of not needing to remove them for eating or cleaning. Orthodontic Experts offers affordable payment plans for those who may not be able to pay the full cost upfront. Get in touch with Orthodontic Experts to learn more about the cost of a Permanent Retainer and available payment options.