How to Preserve Your Smile With Customized Retainers

So, you sought out and utilized the services of the best orthodontist in Albany (or any of our other locations) and have achieved your ideal smile at the end of your orthodontic treatment! Now that your teeth are aligned, the next step is getting fitted for a retainer to ensure that your perfect smile lasts for a lifetime.

Read on to find out more about how long customized retainers last, how much they cost, and what type of retainer will work best for you.

Maintain Your Smile Forever with a Retainer

Three main types of customized retainers are available to you:

  • Essix – The Essix retainer lasts 18 months and is made of transparent plastic. Worn at night, this is the most common type of retainer.
  • Hawley – The Hawley retainer is made of metal and is only issued specifically by a doctor recommendation or patient choice. This type of retainer is also worn at night.
  • Lingual – Worn at all times, a lingual retainer consists of a thin piece of wire placed on the back of the teeth. It should be replaced every three to five years.

Since a lingual retainer is glued to the back of the teeth, it’s virtually impossible to misplace. However, if you prefer to only wear a retainer at night, the Essix or Hawley retainer may work best for you.

Ask About Our Smile Protection Program

Retainers can get damaged or lost, but even if you always keep perfect track of your retainer, it will need to be replaced eventually. Fortunately, our Smile Protection Program will help you save money on all the replacement retainers you will need. With our program, you will pay an initial fee, and then replacement retainers will cost a fraction of the usual price and will be shipped directly to your home. Find out more details about our program by visiting the retainers page on our website!

If you want to enroll in our program or if you have more questions about customized retainers in general, be sure to contact us. Voted the best orthodontist in the Capital Region, our team is ready to show you exactly how easy we make it to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new smile.

Put Your Best Smile Forward for National Smile Month!

Happy National Smile Month! Each year, this campaign encourages awareness of various oral health issues, educates people, and equips them with the tools to care for their teeth. This year’s theme is Brush for Better Health!

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we believe that good oral health should always be accessible and attainable. That’s why, in addition to being the best orthodontist in Schenectady, Albany, East Greenbush, Clifton Park, Glens Falls, and Latham, we also aim to provide education on how to properly care for your teeth so you can achieve your ideal smile! 

It’s Never Too Late to Care for Your Teeth

One of the best ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums is to brush and floss regularly using the proper techniques. While brushing your teeth with braces may require a little extra effort, Invisalign offers an orthodontic solution that makes maintaining good oral hygiene easy! Since the aligners are removable, you can simply take them out to brush and floss. Plus, we offer Invisalign for all ages, from kids to teens to adults. 

Regardless of whether you have braces or Invisalign, as you progress throughout your orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become easier to clean!  

A Straight, Healthy Smile Is Within Reach

So many people worry about the cost of orthodontics. Adirondack Orthodontics aims to provide affordable braces and Invisalign throughout the Capital Region. We’ve made orthodontic services accessible for our patients to ensure everyone can access the care they deserve. Here are just a few of the ways we can help you afford our services:

  • Customized payment plans that work with your budget
  • Discounts for teachers, families, military service members, and others
  • Participation with most insurances and help with filing paperwork
  • CareCredit options if you don’t have insurance

If you have any questions about cost, financing, and insurance options, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We will work one-on-one with you to make your journey to the perfect smile as stress-free as possible.

Celebrate National Smile Month with Us 

We hope you, your family, and your friends take a few moments to consider how you can care for your teeth. Be sure to share this message of accessible oral care with everyone in your community, so we can all put our best smile forward this National Smile Month!

Still looking to start your journey to the smile of your dreams? Adirondack Orthodontics was voted Best Orthodontist in the Capital Region for the fourth year in a row. Whether you are looking for affordable braces in Schenectady or you want to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign in Albany, call or text us to set up a free consultation today! 

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