After completing treatment with orthodontic braces or Invisalign® aligners, many patients require a retainer to help prevent orthodontic relapse. Retainers are custom-made to each patient’s unique needs and specifications, and wearing them allows the periodontal tissues and ligaments around your teeth to become accustomed to their new positions. Retainers are removable, though for optimal results, it’s important to wear them as often and as frequently as your orthodontist recommends.
For optimal results, retainers should be worn immediately after the completion of orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist may recommend wearing a retainer between 14-16 hours a day for the first few weeks, then less often as time goes by and your teeth become acclimated to their new positions. Wearing retainers as directed will help you avoid the need for a second round of orthodontic treatment due to relapse in the future.
What is the cost of an orthodontic retainer?
The average cost of a retainer is $500 or higher depending on the dentist, and it is typically not covered by dental insurance . But with a general dentist in Doctors Network, the cost is only $200.