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Retainers

RETAINERS

At the Orthodontist of Whittier we are committed to provide the highest quality of orthodontics care to our patients. Our team of highly accredited doctors and professional staff work hard to provide the excellence in patient care through precision dentistry. Find out if Invisalign is right for you. Schedule a Free Consultation and get expert care at an incredible cost.

RETAINERS

At the Orthodontist of Whittier we are committed to provide the highest quality of orthodontics care to our patients. Our team of highly accredited doctors and professional staff work hard to provide the excellence in patient care through precision dentistry. Find out if Invisalign is right for you. Schedule a Free Consultation and get expert care at an incredible cost.

ABOUT RETAINERS

WHAT ARE RETAINERS?

Often used in conjunction with braces and other orthodontic devices, retainers are custom-made appliances that perfectly fit the unique contours of each patient’s mouth and teeth. They affix to the top of the mouth (the palate) to hold the teeth in place in order to encourage proper alignment. Orthodontists widely prescribe retainer wear for an extended period of time after braces are removed.

HOW TO WEAR A RETAINER

A form fitting hard acrylic baseplate that hugs teeth with the help of an attached metal wire, a retainer acts as a physical brace that keeps teeth from moving out of their proper position. After the removal of braces, orthodontic patients generally need to wear a retainer 24 hours a day for several months before restricting wear to overnight only. Overnight wear is essential for at least a year and may continue indefinitely.

HOW TO CARE FOR A RETAINER

Retainers should be cleaned at least once per day for hygienic reasons. Simply use a traditional toothbrush and clean water to remove food particles and bacteria from the various surfaces of your retainer. For a deeper clean, removable retainers can also be soaked in anti-bacterial mouthwash.

RETAINER USES AND BENEFITS

Although braces or other teeth alignment devices are needed to move teeth into a healthy and aesthetically pleasing position, a retainer can prevent them from shifting out of perfect alignment. Other potential benefits of retainer wear range from snoring prevention and better breathing to optimized chewing/saliva production (which, in turn, can boost plaque and cavity control).

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TYPES OF RETAINERS

HAWLEY

As described above, the acrylic Hawley retainer affixes easily to the palate with the help of a metal wire that circles six upper teeth (canines and anterior incisors).

CLEAR

For maximum aesthetic discretion, orthodontists can make retainers from clear acrylic. Even the wires that surround the teeth can be composed of a largely translucent material.

PERMANENTS

Although most retainers are removable, orthodontists may recommend fixed retainers in certain cases. Patients may need to wear these permanent retainers for several years.

VIVERA

Vivera retainers are not only clear but, because they are made from the same substance as Invisalign clear aligner trays, they are incredibly durable.

HOW MUCH DOES A RETAINER COST?

The overall cost of your particular course of retainer treatment will depend entirely upon your unique situation. Often considered medically necessary for young patients by major insurance companies, retainers are widely covered in most plans. Because orthodontists offer significantly different pricing structures and payment plans, you should choose your provider carefully.

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ABOUT OUR OFFICE

Being proactive about your mouth health will have you smiling for years to come. That's because regular dental check-ups by qualified dental professionals can improve your overall health and well-being by catching problems before they start. That is the mission of Orthodontist of Whittier and it’s friendly staff.
When you visit our practice, our dentists and team keep our focus on you to ensure that you receive the high-quality dental care you need in an environment that is relaxed, warm, and professional. We are dedicated to changing the way you feel about visiting the dentist while also helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. We welcome you to call us today to schedule your appointment at Orthodontist of Whittier.

WHY CHOOSE US?

01.
Accreditation
Dr. Hamid has an impressive educational background and extensive experience, making him a reliable orthodontist. He attended the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. After dental school, Dr. Hamid went to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine to receive his orthodontic training. A lifelong learner, he continues to attend ongoing training events to learn the latest in orthodontic techniques and equipment. He then passes his knowledge onto his patients, providing unparalleled care and dedication.
02.
Staff
We work hard to bring quality and customized dental care to our patients. We feel that everyone should have a smile they love, which is why we provide affordable, high-quality, and convenient treatments. We make sure Saturday, evening and emergency appointment slots are available so you don’t have to struggle to find time for your oral health.
03.
Mission
We know that being proactive about your oral health and catching problems before they start will greatly impact your length of life. Some procedures can be quite expensive and some problems require prompt attention. That’s why we’ve taken on improving our patients access to oral health as our mission. Our team has carefully chosen dental financing options that provide affordable access to quality care with rapid funding, so we can get to work as quickly as possible. We understand that a surprise toothache can really make life difficult, but paying for treatment doesn’t have to be .

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INSURANCE ACCEPTED

We will be glad to file a predetermination for you to verify coverage of any necessary dental treatment. We accept most PPO insurances.

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