Fixed Lingual Retainers in Fredericksburg and Stafford
You want to ensure your teeth remain straight after completing orthodontic treatment. Fixed lingual retainers were first introduced in the 1970s to prevent relapse after corrective orthodontic treatment, like braces. Since the 1970s, these retainers have improved though the general concept remains the same. Fixed lingual retainers have a solid wire that curves to fit the shape of your healthy new smile.
What Are the Benefits of Fixed Lingual Retainers?
Lingual or bonded retainers have many long-term benefits. The main advantage is that since they’re permanent, you don’t have to worry about taking them out and putting them back in before and after meals. Additional benefits include:
- Invisible treatment: These retainers are bonded behind your front teeth so no one will notice them. They’re a more aesthetically pleasing retainer solution.
- Comfortable: Bonded or lingual retainers don’t affect the way that you speak, which means they cause little to no disruption to your self-confidence when wearing them out in public.
- Impossible to lose: Permanent retainers are securely attached with glue to your teeth so you won’t lose them.
- Effective: Fixed retainers keep your teeth in place long after your orthodontic treatment. Your teeth will remain straight and aligned for as long as you have the retainer.
How Much Do Lingual Retainers Cost?
Lingual retainers are a permanent investment and are a small cost compared to having your orthodontics re-done later in life. The average cost of lingual retainers varies, but you should budget between $150 and $500 to get them. This cost is sometimes included in the overall cost of your orthodontic treatment.
Caring for Lingual Retainers
A vital part of any orthodontic treatment plan is caring for your orthodontics. You can easily care for your lingual or bonded retainer as part of your daily hygiene routine. Since they’re permanent fixtures, these retainers require less intensive care than Hawley or other removable retainers.
Flossing between your retainer and your teeth is essential when you have a bonded retainer. Just insert the floss beneath the wire and pull it forward between pieces of the retainer as you normally would. Brush your teeth twice a day to remove any plaque build-up and keep your teeth and retainer clean. Visit the dentist and orthodontist regularly to ensure that your teeth and retainer are in good health.
Why Rappahannock Orthodontics
When considering your orthodontic treatment or even your aftercare for your orthodontics, consider Rappahannock Orthodontics. We specialize in making our clients feel good about themselves, and your care is our first priority. Dr. Caspersen graduated from one of the top residencies in the country and is a board-certified orthodontist. We specialize in making adults and kids feel comfortable while we create the smile you’ve always dreamed of!
For more information or to book a consultation, contact one of our friendly staff members. We look forward to helping you feel more confident with a beautiful smile!
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Stafford, VA 22554