Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, you will move to a retainer to maintain your results. Your retainer will protect the investment you've made in time and money during your orthodontic treatment by keeping your teeth in their new location while your gums and jaw stabilize. To serve the needs of our patients, 32nd Street Dental in Joplin, MO offers several high-quality retainer alternatives, including a fixed or removable retainer. One of our seasoned dentists, led by Dr. Brett Cotham, will guide you along the way and explain all your options.
Types of Retainers
At 32nd Street Dental, we offer our patients three types of retainers based on each patient's needs: a clear, Hawley, or fixed retainer. A Hawley retainer (the most common type of retainer) is made up of molded plastic, wire, and clasps that can be removed. A transparent 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 advised for all patients after they finish an orthodontic treatment. Even though your teeth are in their correct position, a retainer will help to hold them there while the rest of your mouth adjusts. A retainer is great for younger patients who are still waiting for the rest of their permanent teeth to develop and while their jawbone is still growing.
What to Expect from Retainers
As soon as 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 to a dental laboratory. Once your retainer is ready, typically 1 – 2 weeks later, we will schedule an office visit. During this appointment, one of our experienced dentists will make sure your retainer is comfortable before sending you home. We may also discuss how often you will 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's usually recommended that 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 proper maintenance and regular inspections, your retainer can 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, call our office to be given a new one.
Insurance Coverage for Retainers
A retainer may be included as part of your orthodontic treatment. During your consultation, our team will tell you if there is an extra cost for your retainer. We will go over your retainer alternatives and cost estimates. If you have dental insurance, we will contact your provider to determine if any of your cost is covered, then calculate your out-of-pocket costs. 32nd Street Dental accepts many payment methods, including medical financing.
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Fixed and Removable Retainers
Keep your teeth in their new place after your orthodontic treatment with a fixed or removable retainer from 32nd Street Dental. Proper use of a retainer can prevent a second orthodontic treatment as an adult. Schedule a consultation with one of our talented dentists at our office in Joplin, MO to learn more about the benefits of retainers.