In addition to recommending bonded or lifetime retainers, we will also recommend different types of retainers to our patients. At Lineberger Orthodontics, Dr. Matt Lineberger, Dr. Megan Lineberger, Dr. Claire Fedore and Dr. Bhaven Sayania, offer several types of retainers for the residents of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina.
What are the Types of Retainers?
Your orthodontist may recommend a retainer after your braces are removed. The three types of retainers are:
- Hawley retainers made from acrylic and metal
- Essix retainers made of clear plastic like Invisalign® aligners
- Permanent retainers bonded to the back of your teeth
What are the Benefits of the Different Types of Retainers?
- Hawley retainers come in colors and different styles! You can even add patterns and a little bling that sparkles. Hawley retainers are removable.
- Essix retainers are practically invisible and can be removed. Perfect for those who use Invisalign® aligners.
- Permanent retainers aren’t really permanent, but are adhered to your teeth with dental bond. This is a good option for younger patients who may break or lose their retainers.
How Does Each Type of Retainer Work?
Hawley, Essix and permanent retainers work in much the same way. They fit into your mouth comfortably, and the wires help hold your teeth in place.
What Can Be Corrected with Each Type of Retainer?
The different types of retainers we use keep your teeth from shifting after braces.
Do the Different Types of Retainers Cost the Same?
The cost of each type of retainer is different, and because they’re custom-fit devices, costs may vary from patient to patient.
Does Insurance Cover Different Types of Retainers?
Each type of retainer should be covered under your orthodontic benefits. Any special colors, designs or other features that are added may not be covered under your insurance. This is where our in-house financing comes in very handy!
Now that your braces have been removed, we may recommend a retainer. Lineberger Orthodontics offers several types of retainers for the residents of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.