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Permanent Retainer in Atlanta, GA

When it is time to have braces removed, permanent retainers are a no-brainer for patients who are forgetful. Permanent retainers, bonded to the back of your bottom teeth, make maintaining that new smile easy. Speak to Dr. Ruchir Patel and Dr. Kal Thakkar, board-certified orthodontists at iClear Orthodontics, located in Alpharetta, Roswell, and Kennesaw, to see how permanent retainers can help keep you or a family member.

What is a Permanent Retainer?

Permanent retainers are bonded to the back of your teeth and cannot be removed.  They are typically mounted behind your six front lower teeth and can be left in place for five years or longer. If your teeth or bite are at a high risk for reverting back to their original positions, a permanent retainer may be recommended for you. Permanent retainers are also a good solution for patients who are forgetful or are not likely to wear removable retainers as instructed.

The Benefits of Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers make wearing retainers easy since the retainers are always there.  Here are some other benefits:

  • Convenient – With permanent retainers, there is no need to worry about loss or forgetfulness. Mealtimes are also easier since patients do not have to worry about taking retainers out and putting them back into place.
  • Concealed – Permanent retainers are hidden behind your teeth making them unnoticeable. Because the retainers are hidden, you can smile and talk without feeling insecure.
  • Effective – While removable retainers are typically only worn at night, permanent retainers are on the job 24/7, making potential shifting less of a problem.

Why Would Someone Choose a Permanent Retainer?

Permanent retainers are recommended for patients of all ages who are not likely to wear their retainers as prescribed. Permanent retainers are also often suggested for children who are having two-phase treatment and are between phases. The retainers do their job without requiring any cooperation on the child’s part. Permanent retainers are also a good choice for children because they do not need to be replaced when baby teeth are lost, and permanent teeth erupt.

Although the fact is not common knowledge, permanent retainers are sometimes used on adults and teens before orthodontic treatment begins. The retainers are effective in helping with spacing, severe rotations or mobile teeth due to loss of periodontal support.

How Do I Care for My Permanent Retainer?

Permanent retainers are more difficult to clean than other types of retainers making them a better choice for patients who have excellent oral hygiene habits. If permanent retainers are not cleaned properly, the risk for cavities and gum disease is extremely high. Patients with permanent retainers need to make sure that they brush well at least twice a day and carefully floss between each tooth that is being held in place by the retainer.

Patients need to continue avoiding the foods that they did not eat while they wore braces. Any food that is very sweet, sticky or hard is not a good idea because it could potentially damage your retainer or cause cavities.

Permanent retainers can break, or changes can happen that affect the fit. If this happens, it is important to contact  iClear Orthodontics right away.

How Long Will I Have to Wear A Permanent Retainer?

Permanent retainers can be removed by your orthodontist at any time. You may at some point decide to switch from a permanent retainer to a removable one. Keep in mind that you may need to wear some type of retainer forever to ensure that your teeth stay in place.

How Much Do Permanent Retainers Cost in Atlanta, GA?

If you get braces, one set of permanent retainers is included in the cost of your overall plan. If you are just getting permanent retainers, iClear Orthodontics will give you a cost estimate for just your retainers.

Dental insurance sometimes covers a portion or the full cost of permanent retainers, so it is important to check your policy’s coverage. If you have Flexible Spending Account dollars available through your employer, your pre-tax dollars can be applied to the cost of retainers.

To give all patients access to quality orthodontic treatment, iClear Orthodontics offers many payment plans to help make orthodontic treatment more affordable for all families. iClear Orthodontics offers interest-free in-house financing which divides the total cost of treatment into reasonable monthly payments for the duration of your treatment.

Options also exist to extend payments beyond your treatment period. In addition to traditional credit cards, iClear Orthodontics accepts CareCredit® cards that extend financing up to 60 months with a reduced APR and fixed monthly payments.  Customizable OrthoFi is available to design a flexible payment plan. With OrthoFi, you are able to select the down payment and ongoing monthly payment amounts.

Permanent retainers are always on the job, giving you one less thing to worry about (and lose!). If you live in the Greater Atlanta area and want to know whether permanent retainers would work for you or a family member, contact Dr. Ruchir Patel and Dr. Kal Thakkar at iClear Orthodontics, located in Alpharetta, Roswell, and Kennesaw.

"I am another happy patient at iClear Orthodontics! I am in invisalign treatment and can already see changes in 4 months! I have been to both Roswell and Alpharetta locations and they are very contemporary and up to date! 5 stars all the way!" - Emily Thomas
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"Dr. Thakkar and the staff at iClear Orthodontics are completely professional, from start to finish. They explain the process, the treatments, and even go over our insurance with us so that we know how our claims will be handled. There were no questions that didn’t have an answer, and by the time we left his office, I was sure that I wouldn’t want to send my kids to anyone else for the services he offers" - Justin D. Thomson
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