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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.

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!