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.

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