Retainers Bixby Knolls, CA

Custom-made retainers can help you keep your new smile straight after orthodontic treatment and even perform minor alignments. Patients in North Long Beach and Bixby Knolls can get their retainers here at Dentist of Bixby Knolls.

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What Are Retainers?

Retainers are customized orthodontic devices created to either help maintain the results of prior orthodontic treatment or to provide correction for minor orthodontic issues such as overbites, speech impediments, or snoring.

Why Would I Need a Retainer?

Unless it is for standalone treatment for a minor issue, you would need a retainer to help keep your teeth in their new alignment after orthodontic treatment. Without it, your teeth could gradually shift out of their new positions, undoing all the hard work of straightening them.

What Are the Types of Retainers?

There are only two types of retainers, removable and permanent. Your provider will recommend the best type for your needs.

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Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers are created by permanently affixing titanium, copper, or nickel wires to specific locations in your mouth. These retainers cannot be lost and rarely need to be replaced if they are cared for properly. They can be harder to clean, however.

Removable Retainers

There are two kinds of removable retainers available, one temporary and one more durable. The temporary retainers are made from clear plastic and normally last up to a year before they must be replaced. Many patients consider them the most comfortable type.

The more durable removable retainer, known as the Hawley retainer, is created with a metal wire and either plastic or acrylic. You can choose which color you want your Hawley retainer to come in. They can last up to two decades if you care for them correctly.

Removable retainers are more popular because they can be removed for eating, drinking, and cleaning. It is easier to clean your teeth and you have no food restrictions when you have a removable retainer.

How Long Do You Have to
Wear a Removable Retainer Every Day?

Removable retainers must be worn for at least 22 hours each day to get the proper benefit. You can expect to wear a retainer daily for at least six months after orthodontic treatment. You may need to have one permanently.

How Do I Get a Retainer in Bixby Knolls?

If you receive orthodontic treatment in our Bixby Knolls office, your provider will discuss retainers with you as part of your treatment plan. If not, or if you need a standalone retainer, you will first come in for a consultation to determine what your orthodontic needs are. Your provider will then discuss these with you and create a treatment plan for your care.

After you settle on a treatment plan, you will return for another appointment to receive your retainer. You will need periodic follow-up appointments to check on your progress if your retainer is designed to correct any issues.

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How Much Do Retainers Cost in Bixby Knolls?

Retainers are inexpensive orthodontic appliances, even if not covered by insurance. This is especially the case when compared to the cost of orthodontic treatment with braces! The least expensive removable retainers start at around $100. Permanent retainers cost more because they are meant to last a lifetime. Your insurance company may or may not cover a portion of your retainer.

Dentist of Bixby Knolls offers affordable financing options if you need them to help you get the dental care you need. Our staff will be happy to help you explore these options if you would like.

Are You Ready to Get the Smile of Your Dreams?

Call (562) 287-5175 and make an appointment with Dentist of Bixby Knolls today!