Wearing a retainer after braces or other orthodontic treatment helps to keep your teeth in their new position and help you maintain your beautiful new smile. While there are a few different types of retainers, dentists often recommend the Essix retainer as it provides a slim, almost invisible look, allowing you to be able to show off your new smile without the presence of wires. In order to keep your teeth in their new position, you will likely wear your retainer for life. This often means you will need regular replacement retainers throughout the years. So, how much does a replacement Essix retainer cost, and do you need to see the dentist every time you need one?What Is an Essix Retainer?
Traditional retainers, such as the Hawley retainer, are made from a combination of wires and acrylic base. The majority of the retainer sites up against the palate, making speech difficult. Essix retainers are much different.
While many companies vacuum form their Essix and Essix Plus retainers, at SportingSmiles we thermo-form them, providing superior tautness and a more accurate fit.
Made from clear 1mm EVA material formed over a dental stone impression of your teeth, the Essix retainer fits snug over your teeth, leaving your palate free from material. Because of their design, they are less noticeable than Hawley retainers, more comfortable, and less expensive.
Wondering what the difference is between Essix and Essix Plus retainers? Read our informative blog HERE.
What is the Average Cost of Retainers?
Retainers vary in cost depending on their type. Fixed retainers, or those bonded to the teeth, are the most expensive ranging from $250-400. Hawley retainers sit in the middle when it comes to cost, ranging from $175 to $325. Essix retainers are the least expensive retainers on the market, ranging in price from $150-$300. However, that price reflects what your dentist will charge. It’s important to note that with proper care, most retainers will last for 2 years before you need a replacement.
At SportingSmiles, we offer Essix retainers starting at $65!
Why Is SportingSmiles Less Expensive?
When you pay for a retainer through your dentist, you are covering the cost of the dentist’s time, of them sending your mold out to a dental laboratory and coming in for an appointment to pick up your retainer. When you order online through SportingSmiles, you bypass all of those extra costs for an Essix retainer. We send you our patented self-impression kit and you make the mold of your teeth. You return that to our dental lab and our skilled technicians make your Essix retainer, just the same as your dentist’s lab does. We then return it to you for a fraction of the cost. You receive the same high-quality Essix retainer as you would from your dentist, but for a fraction of the cost.
SportingSmiles also keeps your impression on file, so should you ever lose or need a replacement retainer, we have the mold ready to go.