Want the effectiveness of a retainer without sacrificing appearance? Have you looked forward to getting your braces off and simply don’t want to have to “deal with” a retainer? A permanent retainer may be the best option for you. Straight A Orthodontics offers permanent retainers.
A permanent retainer is often called a “bonded retainer” or “lingual retainer.” These terms all refer to a retainer, which is permanently affixed to the back of the teeth following more intense orthodontic treatment, like braces. Individuals often choose to get lingual retainers because they are not removable, so there is no need to worry about losing it or forgetting to use it every day. However, the biggest benefit of bonded retainers is that they are virtually invisible in the mouth.
During your exam, Dr. A may recommend a retainer after your braces are removed. You may want a permanent retainer if you are concerned with how a traditional retainer looks in your mouth.
Do you have braces or are planning to get braces? Are you concerned about wearing a visible retainer? Do you often have trouble following through with doctor’s recommendations? If you fit into one or more of those categories, a permanent retainer may be a solution for your orthodontic treatment plan. However, the best way to determine your candidacy for a lingual retainer is to meet with our orthodontist, Dr. Amir Aminoshariae. At your complimentary initial exam, Dr. A can recommend the right type of retainer for you based on how your teeth fit together, your goals and your lifestyle.
Many people prefer permanent retainers because they are less obvious than traditional retainers. You also do not have to worry about losing the retainer because it cannot be removed from your mouth.
There is a common misconception that permanent retainers can cause tooth decay because there is something permanently affixed to the inner surface of your teeth. However, research supports that lingual retainers do not lead to tooth decay as long as proper oral hygiene measures are taken on a daily basis. We recommended brushing, flossing and rinsing twice daily (or more) with bonded retainers.
Permanent retainers can vary in cost depending on your specific treatment plan. Dr. A will determine your unique treatment plan after meeting with you to discuss your goals for orthodontic treatment and lifestyle. You will have the opportunity to ask Dr. A any questions you may have about braces or retainers, and he can make recommendations that best suit you as an individual. The cost of your treatment plan may be partially or fully covered by insurance. We can do a full benefits check for you and also offer financing options for individuals who may not have coverage.