A teeth retainer can help straighten a child’s teeth. Sometimes they are used alone, and other times they are used in addition to other orthodontic treatments, such as braces. The cost of a teeth retainer can range anywhere from $100 to $1,000.
In order to fully understand what influences the cost of a teeth retainer, read through the information below.
What Are Retainers?
Retainers are typically removable, custom-fit, orthodontic appliances made from plastic and metal. They are designed to help straighten teeth and correct minor bite issues, and are often used in place of, or in addition to, dental braces.
If used after braces, they can help keep your child’s corrected smile straight. They can also be used to correct minor problems like a single crowded tooth.
Removable Hawley retainers cost between $150–$300 for one or $300–$600 to fix both sets of teeth. Hawley retainers are made from a hard acrylic that gets molded to your child’s teeth and are held in place with a wire that runs behind the teeth.
Removable Essix retainers typically cost between $100–$250 for one or $200–$500 for two. They are made from a vacuum-sealed clear plastic that is less noticeable but more likely to break or warp, meaning that you could be paying the price more than once for this style of retainer.
Vivera Clear Plastic retainers are made by Invisalign. This type typically costs between $300–$750 annually, although this higher cost also covers the identical replacements that need to be switched out every three months.
Bonded retainers cost between $250-$500 for one row of teeth or $500-$1,000 for both rows of teeth. Like the name suggests, the retainers are glued to the back of the teeth and are not removable.
The severity of your child’s crowded teeth and the type of retainer used will determine how much the retainers cost you.
Kool Smiles Offers Orthodontics at Many Locations
If your child has crowded teeth and you’re not sure whether they need braces or a retainer, bring them in to Kool Smiles for a no-cost orthodontic consultation. We have in-house orthodontists in many of our convenient locations throughout the United States who are ready to assist your children and give them a great smile.
We want all children to have access to quality dental care which is why we offer affordable, low-cost treatment and accept Medicaid, TRICARE, and SCHIP for general dentistry at all of our locations.
Bring your child in for a no-cost consultation at a nearby location or give us a call today to find out more about retainers and orthodontics.
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