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Removable Retainers

Congratulations, you’ve finally finished your braces treatment! Taking care of your orthodontic health is a lifelong pursuit. After completing your braces treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their most natural position.
Learn more about what to expect with removable retainers from the experts at Hess Orthodontics now!

What to Expect With Removable Retainers

Wearing a retainer can help keep your teeth in their ideal position. Whether or not you received orthodontic treatment, it is normal for your teeth to shift position as you age. This process — known as mesial drift — is a natural part of aging. 
Removable retainers (sometimes called clear retainers) allow for dependable retention with on-the-go convenience. Patients with clear plastic retainers can take these lightweight appliances out of their mouths at a moment’s notice. Plus, patients with removable retainers know they are getting a time-tested method for smile retention that is custom-fit to their unique needs. 
Here is some more information about what to expect during your removable retainer treatment:

How To Clean Your Retainer

Every time you brush your teeth, take a few minutes to clean your retainer thoroughly. Use soap and lukewarm water to scrub your retainer. It is also a good idea to clean your retainer between meals by running it under some cool water.

Wear Your Retainer As Directed

Immediately after completing your orthodontic treatment plan, you enter what is known as the “retention phase.” You will need to wear your retainer for at least 22 hours a day following your treatment. After 6-8 months of continuous wear, you will transition to only wearing your retainer a few nights each week. 

Storing Your Retainer

Because of their size and shape, it is easy to misplace your retainer. Make sure your retainer is in its case whenever it’s not in your mouth. You would be surprised to learn how many people tell us that they put their retainer in a napkin and lost it. Make sure that you keep your retainer away from pets or children.
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Essix Retainers

Essix retainers are made using barely noticeable and nearly translucent components! Each retainer set includes an upper and lower arch appliance. Patients with Essix retainers enjoy a low-profile and comfortable treatment.

Benefits of Removable Retainers

Removable retainers are a reliable method of retention. Patients with removable retainers love the durability of these products. 
Some benefits of clear retainers include:
  • Slender design. 
  • Easy cleaning.
  • Protects grinding teeth. 
  • Ultraconveinent retention.
  • Transparent construction. 
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Retainer Protection For A Lifetime

It is essential to wear your retainer in perpetuity after your treatment. As part of your retention, you will need to replace your appliance every 3-5 years with an updated model. At other practices, new retainers can run upwards of $600 or more per set.

Hess Orthodontics offers a Lifetime Retainer Program for our patients. For an extra $800, you can get free retainers for life. Even if you move out of state, we will still honor your lifetime benefits. Although each new retainer is provided for free, keep in mind that you will need to provide a co-pay for the visit which is about $20 per arch.

Get The Best Retainers Near You

Maintaining your brand new smile requires wearing a retainer. Without a retainer, your teeth will drift out of alignment. Whether you need a removable or a permanent retainer, the experts at Hess Orthodontics can help you get lasting results.

As West Coastal Florida’s orthodontic leader, we’ve helped countless people discover their best smiles. Get started today by calling us at 813-645-4377 or scheduling your complimentary consultation online now.

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