Which comes first retainer or braces?
Retainers are not used prior to braces. Phase 1 orthodontic appliances may resemble retainers, however, they are not – retainers are used only after treatment to ensure the teeth retain their new locations.
Can you skip braces and get a retainer?
If your teeth are only slightly crooked or crowded, your dentist may recommend a fixed retainer instead of a full set of braces. In some cases, you may even be able to use a removable retainer as part of treatment for very slightly crowded teeth.
Which is better braces or retainer?
Braces work better for more complex orthodontic problems. Retainers work well for minor adjustments where only one or two teeth need to be moved. Braces hold continual pressure on the teeth to shift them into a new position.
Why did I get a retainer before braces?
In general, retainers are used either before or after a patient has dental braces. Before braces, this can help to gently position the teeth and gums ahead of more rigorous re-alignment from braces. After braces, they can help to ensure that a patient’s straightened teeth will last over the long term.
Are retainers cheaper than braces?
One other cheap alternative to Invisalign are retainers. These can be much more affordable than braces or aligners. However, as with teeth straightening kits, this option is mainly used in mild cases.
How much does retainer cost?
Typically, retainers can cost anywhere from $250 to $600 per set without insurance. The final cost will largely depend on whether you choose a permanent or removable retainer, the specific circumstances of your treatment, and which orthodontic practice provides your treatment.
When can I stop wearing my retainers?
Retainers keep your smile in place when active treatment is complete and adults need to wear their retainers for life, but adolescents may be able to stop wearing them after about 10 years.
Do and don’ts for braces?
The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Braces
- DO brush your teeth carefully after every meal.
- DON’T eat foods that can damage your braces.
- DO floss daily.
- DON’T bite your nails or chew on pencils.
- DO protect your teeth if you play sports.
- DON’T miss your orthodontic appointments.
How much do retainers cost?
How much does a new retainer cost?
Hawley retainer replacement cost
|Type of retainer||Material||Price range|
|Permanent (bonded)||Wire fixed behind teeth||$250-$500|
|Hawley (metal)||Wire and plastic||$150-$300|
|Essix (clear)||Clear plastic||$100-$250|
|Vivera (Invisalign)||Clear plastic||$400-1000 (price for a set of 4)|