Do You Have to Wear Retainers Forever After Braces?

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Congratulations on considering braces to achieve a gleaming smile! Naturally, questions will arise, and one of the most common one is: Do you have to wear retainers forever after braces?

Fear not, we’ll shed light on this topic.

The reality is that most individuals require wearing retainers following the removal of braces. This stems from the inherent “memory” of your teeth, prompting them to drift back to their original positions.

Retainers act as the guardians of your new grin, holding your teeth in place while your bones and connective tissues adapt to the transformed alignment.

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Do You Have to Wear Retainers Forever?

Not necessarily! In some instances, with dedicated time and meticulous care, your teeth can solidify in their new positions. In our Laveen clinic, we advise patients to diligently wear their retainers for at least a year after removing the braces.

Thereafter, your orthodontist will monitor your progress and gradually guide you towards potentially reducing your retainer usage.

Kinds of Retainers After Braces

Gone are the days of the singular, clunky retainer your older cousin might have sported. Now, you have a delightful assortment of options:

  • Hawley Retainers: These classic companions, crafted from acrylic and metal, require removal for meals and cleaning.
  • Essix Retainers: Offering unparalleled discretion, these transparent and removable retainers are ideal for those seeking a near-invisible solution.
  • Fixed Retainers: These discreet allies feature thin wires bonded to the backs of your teeth, remaining unnoticed to the outside world while offering gentle, constant support.

How much are retainers?

The price tag for retainers depends on the chosen type and your orthodontist.

Typically, retainers can range from $200 to $800, representing a worthwhile investment in the longevity of your radiant smile.

Financial Savvy Tip

Did you know that prepaying for your braces at Somos Dental unlocks a significant discount? You not only secure a beaming smile but also reap financial benefits along the way!

At Somos Dental, in Phoenix and Dallas, we’re your unwavering champions on your journey towards a healthy and joyous grin. Visit us today to embark on this transformative journey!


You’re welcome to contact us at 623-869-1091 for details or complete our online form to BOOK YOUR FREE CONSULTATION. Start your path toward a stunning smile now.

Bonus: In addition to our orthodontic and general dentistry services, Somos Dental has a team that speaks Spanish so you can feel at home. Please don’t wait any longer and visit us today!

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