Teeth Retainers – Clear, Fixed & Hawley

What are Retainers?

In the journey of orthodontic treatment, retainers are the final yet crucial step. After the hard work of braces or Invisalign, retainers play a pivotal role in maintaining that perfect smile. They are custom-made devices, typically made from wires or clear plastic, designed to hold teeth in position after surgery or any method of realigning teeth.

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What do Retainers do for Teeth?

In Singapore, where dental aesthetics and health are given prime importance, retainers ensure that your beautifully aligned teeth stay in place. They combat the natural tendency of teeth to shift back to their original position, a process known as relapse. Whether it’s combating the effects of wisdom teeth eruption or minor movements due to ageing, retainers are your best defence.

Who Needs Retainers?

Retainers are for those who have undergone orthodontic treatment like conventional braces or clear aligners like Invisalign. They are also recommended for individuals with minor dental misalignments who require less intensive correction. It’s a universal step for anyone looking to preserve the results of their orthodontic treatment.

Types of Retainers

Removable Retainers

Vivid Dental Surgeons offer removable retainers, including clear plastic retainers and the traditional Hawley retainers. Made from a combination of acrylic and wire, these retainers are favoured for their convenience. They are adaptable to your lifestyle, allowing removal during meals, sports, or brushing. However, according to your dentist’s advice, their effectiveness lies in consistent wear.

Fixed/Bonded Retainers

Fixed retainers are an excellent option for those who might forget to wear their retainers regularly. These consist of a thin metal wire, often braided for added strength, bonded behind your front teeth. They are discreet, require minimal effort post-installation, and are particularly effective in preventing relapse.

Clear Retainers (Essix/Zendura)

Priced between $200-250, clear retainers are popular for their near invisibility. These retainers, made from BPA-free plastic, are custom-moulded to your teeth, offering a snug, comfortable fit while preventing teeth from moving back to their original positions.

Clear Retainers

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Hawley Retainers

At $400 each, Hawley retainers are a traditional choice. They have a sturdy acrylic base and a metal wire that keeps the teeth in place. Despite their visibility compared to clear retainers, they offer durability and ease of adjustment.

Fixed Retainers

Costing around $350, fixed retainers are a long-term solution. Composed of materials like copper, titanium, or nickel, these retainers are affixed to the back of your teeth, holding them in place discreetly. These permanent retainers are usually in place for the rest of the patient’s life.

Fixed Retainer

Why Do We Need a Retainer?

Post orthodontic treatment, teeth have a natural tendency to shift back. Retainers prevent this, ensuring that your investment in time, effort, and finance in aligning your teeth is not lost. They are essential in maintaining oral health and preventing reoccurring issues like crooked teeth or bite problems.

Getting The Right Teeth Retainer for Your New Smile

Choosing a suitable retainer is crucial. Vivid Dental Surgeons helps you select the most appropriate type based on your lifestyle, oral hygiene habits, and specific dental needs. Whether it’s a removable Hawley retainer for ease of cleaning or a fixed retainer for continuous support, making the right choice ensures the longevity of your orthodontic results. Vivid Dental Surgeons, located conveniently in Tiong Bahru, one MRT station away from Tanjong Pagar.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Retainers

What happens after I start wearing my retainers?

After you start wearing retainers, you might feel slight discomfort as your teeth adjust. Consistent wear is crucial for maintaining alignment.

What is the difference between clear retainers and clear aligners?

It’s advised to remove removable retainers while eating. Fixed retainers don’t require removal.

How long do I have to wear retainers after braces or Invisalign?

The duration varies, but typically, it’s a lifelong commitment with a gradual reduction in wear time, as your dentist advises.

How to clean retainers?

Clean them daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste or mild soap. Avoid hot water, as it can warp the retainer.

Do Retainers hurt?

Initially, there might be slight discomfort, but it subsides. If the pain persists, consult your dentist.

Can I eat with my retainers on?

Initially, there might be slight discomfort, but it subsides. If the pain persists, consult your dentist.

Are retainers covered under dental insurance in Singapore?

Coverage varies by policy. Check with your insurance provider and dental clinic.

How often should I replace my retainer?

Depending on the type and usage, retainers may need replacement every six months to a few years. Regular dental check-ups will help determine this.

Can retainers fix slightly shifted teeth post-braces?

Yes, they can realign minor shifts if worn consistently. Consult your dentist for guidance.

How do I store my retainer when not in use?

Store it in a ventilated retainer case, away from heat and direct sunlight.

Should you wish to discover more about orthodontic retainers within Singapore, or if you’re ready to acquire your next set, please schedule an appointment with Vivid Dental Surgeons at your earliest convenience by calling us at +65 6227 7708! Located conveniently in Tiong Bahru, one MRT station away from Tanjong Pagar.