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.
- Hawley Retainers– This type of retainers are also referred to as wire retainers. They are made using metal wire and dental acrylic.
One Hawley Retainer cost $175.00 – $325.00
- 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
- Essix Clear Retainer– These are the Invisalign type retainers made from 1mm Essix material.One Clear Retainer (SportingSmiles.com) $65.00
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.