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Orthodontic Retainers

Getting your braces or Invisalign is a very exciting time, and now it’s time to make sure that your smile stays in place! Orthodontic retainers prevent your teeth from shifting out of place and lock in your smile results.

Learn more about orthodontic retainers, getting a retainer after braces, and the types of retainers we offer at Hess Orthodontics. Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Why is Wearing a Retainer After Braces Necessary?

Getting a retainer after braces is a surefire way to prevent your smile from shifting out of place, protecting your smile investment for years to come. Once you have finished your initial treatment, we will prescribe the best retainer option for your smile needs.

Because of a process called mesial drift, your teeth naturally want to shift out of position. This is why wearing and caring for your retainer gives you the best results from your orthodontic treatment.

Types of Retainers

At Hess Orthodontics, we have types of retainers for every patient’s unique lifestyle. The retainer options we recommend will depend on your personal smile retention needs. We offer permanent and removable retainers.

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Removable Retainers

A removable Essix retainer is a plastic retainer that fits seamlessly over your teeth and can be removed when eating or drinking. These invisible retainers prevent your smile from shifting while giving you extra comfort and freedom.

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Permanent Retainers

A permanent retainer is a wire that is affixed behind your teeth, making your smile retention experience invisible. Permanent retainers are good for those who need some additional smile protection!


Caring for Your Retainer is Important

Your retainer helps you achieve a beautiful smile for life, which means that proper retainer care is crucial. Cleaning and caring for permanent retainers and removable retainers can protect your future smile!

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The Cost of Retainers

Wearing a retainer is essential to protecting your new smile alignment. Every 3-5 years, you need to replace your removable retainer, which can run up to $600 or more at some orthodontic practices. 

At Hess Orthodontics, our Lifetime Retainer Program allows you to get free retainers for life, even if you move away! Just pay $800 now, plus the cost of future copays. 

We Can Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Your Retainers

Wearing your orthodontic retainer after braces allows you to enjoy a lifetime of radiant smiles. When worn and cared for consistently, all types of retainers are effective in helping you keep your beautiful smile results.

When coming to your retainer check-ins after initial treatment, make sure you bring your retainer with you so we can check in on your progress. If you’ve broken or lost a retainer, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can fix or replace it. If you’ve participated in our Lifetime Retainer Program, we will replace or fix your retainer at no cost. 

At Hess Orthodontics, we’ve helped many people across West Coastal Florida get the smile of their dreams. If you have questions about smile retention, call us at 813-645-4377 or email us now, or schedule your complimentary consultation today!

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