Commonly used after Invisalign treatment ends or when braces are removed, retainers help hold the teeth in place in their new position. Because teeth are always shifting, a retainer helps maintain the new alignment and correct bite. Continue reading as we round up the top four questions on retainers and tell you everything you need to know about one of the most common orthodontic devices.

1. How to Clean Retainers?

A good rule of thumb is to brush your retainer every time you brush your teeth. However, in lieu of toothpaste, use only a toothbrush and cool water to clean your clear retainer. The abrasives in toothpaste will roughen the surface and make it look cloudy. For retainers with a wire, toothpaste is safe to use.

You should avoid mouthwash as it can breakdown the retainer, but consider soaking your retainers several times a week with a retainer cleaner or denture cleaner. Also, be sure to keep your case clean.

2. How Much Do Retainers Cost?

Because the role of retainers can vary, so does the cost. Plan on spending around $100 for each retainer.

Remember, the doctors at Gorman and Bunch Orthodontics do not want financing to be an obstacle to a beautiful smile. Our treatment coordinators will work with you to find a custom financing option that fits your unique situation!

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3. How Long Do You Have to Wear a Retainer?

Forever…or at least as long as your want to keep your teeth straight. Plan to wear them full-time for 10 weeks, and just at night after that.

Regardless of whether or not you’ve had orthodontic treatment, your teeth will tend to shift over time without a retainer, especially on the bottom. A bonded lower retainer (otherwise known as a permanent retainer) ensures that this doesn’t happen and is a wonderful option to keep your teeth aligned long-term.

4. How Do Retainers Work?

Upper retainers fit in the roof of the mouth and lower retainers can be removed or permanently attached to lower teeth. Removable retainers can be worn to close gaps or spaces between teeth, or to move a single tooth.

At Gorman and Bunch Orthodontics, we aim to provide each of our patients with a healthy, beautiful smile. Retainers are just one of the many tools available to make that happen. For more information on the best treatment plan for you, contact our office today!

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