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How much does Dental Retainers Cost?

The price of a replacement retainer can vary on where the retainers are purchased from and the type of retainer. There is 3 different types of retainers available.

  1. Hawley Retainers– This type of retainers are also referred to as wire retainers. They are made using metal wire and dental acrylic.
    Hawley retainer
    Hawley Retainer

    One Hawley Retainer cost $175.00 – $325.00

  2. Permanent fixed retainer– This is a wire that is bonded on the lingual side of the teeth permanently to prevent the teeth from shifting. This is typically done on the lower teeth, but can also be done on the upper. This process has to be done by a dentist. One

    Fixed retainer $250.00-$400.00

  3. Essix Clear Retainer– These are the Invisalign type retainers made from 1mm Essix material.One Clear Retainer (SportingSmiles.com) $65.00
    Single Clear dental Retainers
    Single Clear dental Retainers

    One Clear Retainer (from dentist) $150.00 – $300.00
    One Clear Retainer (from SportingSmiles.com ) $65.00

The factors in the cost depend mainly on the dentist markup. Dentist with large overhead have a higher markup. Most of the removable retainers are not made in the dentist office, but rather off site at a dental lab. If you’re looking at removing the middle man Upper + Lower can be purchased for less than $100.

How to get a retainer from your own Molds.

Do you have your own molds from your dentist and want to get a replacement retainer made, but can’t find a company to make them? At SportingSmiles.com we can use your existing molds, but there is some stipulations on using outside dental molds.

  1. No Warranty- We can’t warranty outside molds because we don’t know how old they are. The new retainers maybe made perfect, but your teeth may have shifted since the impression was taken.
  2. Damaged Impression- There is a chance your teeth mold can be damaged when the new retainer is being made. We will try our best for this not to happen, but there is a chance this could happen. Dental impressions can dry out in time and there are different qualities in dental stone. Also there is a chance they may get damaged in the mail.
  3. Same Cost- There is no discount on using your existing impression. There is often more work to correct your current impression than there is in making a new one.

Advantages of using our Impression Kit.

  1. Full Warranty- We will warranty the retainers fully to make sure that it fits correctly.
  2. Reorder- SportingSmiles keeps all impression for 1 year. Reorders are at a discounted price.
  3. Easy Impression Process- SportingSmiles have a patented dental impression tray that makes it extremely easy to take an impression. Video instructions are also available.

We recommend using our self-impression kit, but we can use your existing molds to make a retainers. Our different styles of retainers can be seen here:

 

Top 10 terms for Teeth Grinding Guards.

Terms for Teeth Grinding guards.

  1. Occlusal Splint– Occlusal is the relationship between the upper and lower teeth.
  2. Bite Guard- Your bite is another dental term for occlusal surface.
  3. Night Guard– Since most people wear their teeth guard at night this term has become popular.
  4. TMJ Guard– TMJ is the pain associated with jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Typically one of the first treatments for TMJ is to get a guard.
  5. Bite Splint- Splint is a generic term that connects the teeth as one.
  6. Bruxism Guard- Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding\clenching.
  7. MouthGuard- Since the guard is in your mouth this term has originated. Mouthguard correctly used is the term for an athletic sports guard.
  8. Sleep Guard- Similar to the term night guard, since the guard is worn while sleeping.
  9. Teeth Grinding Guard- Teeth grinding guard and night guard are the two most common terms.
  10. Dental Guards- This is a generic term for any type of guard that is used in the mouth.
Teeth Grinding Guards
SportingSmiles grinding Guards

This is just a few of the terms used for teeth grinding guards. There is often a mixture of the terms. Like Occlusal Guard, Bruxism Splint, Bite Guard, Sleep Splint, and Tmj Splint. No matter what term you are using, the guards do the same thing. They protect your teeth at night from teeth grinding\clenching.  If your interested in purchasing please visit. http://www.SportingSmiles.com

 

My Gums Hurt from Teeth Whitening.

The most common issue with teeth whitening is that your gums burn during teeth whitening. We get asked this question all the time.

If your gums hurt or burn, or if you see white spots on your gums this is all caused by the same reason. You are putting to much whitening gel in the tray and the gel is getting pushed on to your gums.

Home Teeth Whitening
Sporting Smiles Home Teeth Whitening

You want to put a very small bead of whitening gel on the lower part of the tray. It can range anywhere from .25ml to .6ml depending on the size of your mouth. You need to do a little trial and error to see what’s the correct amount for your size mouth. If whitening gel gets on the gums you want to wipe it off quickly with your finger or using a tissue.

If you see white spots on your gums do not worry, the spots will typically go away in about an hour.

If you are interested in getting custom whitening trays. SportingSmiles Whitening Trays

 

Teeth whitening for the whole wedding party?

We had brides and grooms order our custom whitening trays in bulk for gifts for their bridal party. We thought this was such a great idea that we made it one of our products.

Teeth Whitening for you bridal party.
Teeth Whitening for you bridal party.

Giving the wedding party a gift of teeth whitening isn’t just a gift for your guests. It also helps to make sure you have the best looking wedding party for all your photos. This will be a unique type of gift. This is much better than the standard engraved glass or other standard wedding type gifts. This is a product they can use for years and will not be stored in a closet of thrown away like other wedding gifts. Even if many of your wedding party already have white teeth the custom trays are nice for doing touch ups to maintain their white teeth. We even sell the whitening gel for future use.

Surprise your wedding party with something different!

If you interested in our custom wedding party kit. It can be seen HERE:

Why do dogs eat retainers?

We hear at least 4-5x a week that “my dog ate my retainer!”

Dogs love to eat dental retainers
Dogs love to eat dental retainers

Dogs are attracted to the saliva, the smell, as well as the material that the retainers are made from.

The clear Essix style retainers are made from EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate). This is often the same type of vinyl found in a dogs chew toys.  It doesn’t take long for a dog of any size to destroy a retainer.

We recommend that you store your retainers in a case, in a cool dry place such as drawer, or a high location out of reach from your pet.

If your pet is prone to chewing up your retainers it is always a good idea to have a back-up pair to avoid any down time without your retainer.

Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers

 

At SportingSmiles.com the re-order process is easy and efficient. Whether you need just the upper retainer, just the lower retainer, or both. We keep your impressions on file for at least 1 year to make re-ordering a snap!

How Long will my Clear Essix Retainers Last?

There is no good answer to this question. It’s different per person.  With care you can see 2-6 years with your clear essix retainers.  There is a few things you can do to extend the life of your retainers.

  1. Use two hands to remove them from your teeth. The twisting motion of pulling on one side of the retainers will put stress on them and can cause them to crack.
  2. When cleaning your retainers you want to support them in either your hand or place them on top of a towel on the countertop. This again prevents the twisting motion that can crack the retainers.
  3. Regular cleaning will help prevent the retainers from yellowing and getting brittle. We recommend using freshguard cleaner twice a week and brushing them after each use. Cleaning instructions can be found Here.
  4. Storing them in a case way from pets will also help. Pets love to chew on the plastic that the retainer and created from.
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers

If your retainers are cracking regularly you may want to upgrade to the essix plus material. It’s more durable material and will extend the life of the retainers. If you have questions about getting a replacement set of retainers please visit SportingSmiles.com or email us at Info@SportingSmiles.com

Why Buy From SportingSmiles?

Easy to Reorder: We keep your impression(s) for one year from the date you placed the order. This means each time you reorder it extends the date for another year. If you lose your device or if your dog eats it you can contact us for a replacement without taking another impression. Not only that but you will get a discount rate!

Equipment: We only use top of the line thermoform machines. Thermoform guards allow for the most exact fitting product.

Return Policy: We guarantee ever product that you make. If for some reason you are unhappy with our product or service we will gladly give you a refund.

Reviews: We have 1000’s of positive reviews on our company and products.

Patented Impression Tray: We have our own patented dental impression tray that takes the guess work out of picking the correct size tray needed to take an impression. This makes it easy for anyone to take their own impression.

Knowledge: We have been a dental lab for over 20 years with a dentist on staff overseeing the process. We are experts in our field and make some of the best dental products available.

Experience: SportingSmiles has been selling removal dental devices online for years. We have made tens of thousands of devices. Our staff is highly trained in how to make your retainers, night guards, whitening trays, or athletic mouth guards. We also can customize that mouth guard with your sport emblem, school color, nationality, almost anything imaginable.

Products: We also sell other products to help maintain your beautiful smile.

Dentist: We have a dentist on staff with 25+ years experience who specializes in removal able dental devices.

How to Clean my Clear Essix Retainers.

If you clean and take care of your retainers they can last many years. Here are the steps to make sure your retainers is clean and fresh.

Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
  1. You want to clean your retainers with a soft bristle tooth brush and non-abrasive (non tarter control, or grit-less) tooth paste after ever use. If tooth paste isn’t available rinse the retainers in water before storing. Avoid cleaning or rinsing your retainer with any store bought mouth wash.
  2. We recommend using Freshguard to clean your retainers. Freshguard is available at most drug stores, or online. If freshguard isn’t available denture cleaning tablets can also be used.
  3. To use Freshguard follow the instruction on the box. Freshguard should be used at least twice a week.

This is the same process for cleaning your invisalign or other orthodontic appliance.

fresh-guard-soak-cleaner

The Do’s and Do Nots’ of cleaning your Clear Essix Retainer:

Do use a soft bristle tooth brush to clean your retainer.

Don’t use abrasive or tartar control tooth paste. This will scratch and damage the retainers.

Do use Freshguard to rinse your retainer.

Don’t use mouthguard rinse to soak the retainer. The alcohol in the mouthguard will make the retainer brittle.

Do cup the retainer in your hand while brushing, or place it on a towel on the counter.

Don’t twist the retainer while brushing. The twisting motion will flex the retainer causing it to crack.

 

If you clean your retainer from the beginning it will prevent any buildup and or discoloration. After retainers start to discolor it can be difficult to get them back to being clear. If you have questions about cleaning your retainer contact SportingSmiles at Info@SportingSmiles.com