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Retainers in Philadelphia, PA

Getting your braces removed lets you see your new smile for the first time, and you want to keep your teeth looking great! Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan recommends retainers for his patients in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area who need additional orthodontic tools after wearing braces.

What is a Retainer?

Retainers are custom-fit appliances that are comprised of plastic and a piece of metal. The plastic portion of the retainer conforms to the roof your mouth, and the metal piece fits on the outside of the upper teeth.

Your retainer is created from a model of your teeth and mouth. You may need to schedule a follow-up appointment to have your retainer fitted. During your appointment, Dr. Kadan will provide instructions on how to wear and care for your retainer. Most patients wear their retainers all day for a few months and then only at night. We will schedule another follow-up appointment to check the fit and address any concerns.

Why Do I Need to Wear a Retainer?

Teenagers and children may need retainers after their braces are removed to help keep the teeth in the new position. The reason is that the teeth and jaw are still developing, and the retainer ensures that the development does not undo what was accomplished with braces. Other reasons that Dr. Kadan may recommend a retainer are to:

  • Address some medical issues
  • Correct speech impediments
  • Address issues that do not require braces, such as gaps between the teeth or isolated teeth that are crooked

Why is Retention Important?

Retention after orthodontic treatment is important because keeping your teeth in the new position enhances your oral health and self-confidence. Additionally, orthodontic treatment is a significant investment, so you want to maintain the benefit of your braces and other orthodontic care.

Getting Fitted For and Wearing a Retainer

The process for making your retainer is very straightforward. Dr. Kadan makes a model of your mouth and teeth. The model is sent to a lab where the retainer is made of plastic and metal. Modern retainers can be customized with your favorite colors and even photos. We usually receive retainers from the lab within one week, at which time you will come in for a fitting appointment.

When the retainer is inserted, you will feel a slight bit of pressure on your teeth, similar to when your braces are adjusted, but much milder. You will need some time to adjust to wearing the retainer, but you should not experience any rubbing or sores on your lips, cheeks or the roof of your mouth. If you have any of these problems, contact us to schedule an appointment to have Dr. Kadan re-check the fit.

You may have some difficulty talking while you are wearing your retainer, but you will naturally modify your speech pattern after a few days. You can practice speaking by reading an article or book out loud. You may also have more saliva in your mouth for the first three to five days.

Caring for Your Retainer

Your retainer needs to be cleaned each day when you brush and floss your teeth. Like your teeth and gums, your retainer can accumulate bacteria, plaque, and food particles. Some types of retainers cannot be cleaned with toothpaste, so please follow the instructions provided by Dr. Kadan when you receive your retainer.

Your retainer is made of plastic so it can melt. Do not leave your retainer anywhere that it might be exposed to higher temperatures. You should not place your retainer in hot water, even for cleaning, because the plastic can warp and change shape. You should not move the retainer around in your mouth because the wires are easy to bend.

Take great care not to lose your retainer because you will need to pay for a replacement and your insurance will not cover the cost.

How Long Do I Need to Wear a Retainer After Braces?

You work hard to straighten your teeth, and you want the results to last for the rest of your life. Retention is a key part of the process. Your teeth and jaw may grow and develop after you have your braces removed, so Dr. Kadan will provide you with a retainer to keep your smile as great as it is the day you have your braces removed.

You will need to wear the retainer until Dr. Kadan is confident that your teeth and jaw are fully developed and stabilized. For children and teenagers, this means using a retainer until they are 20 to 25 years old. Adults who get braces may need to use a retainer for their lifetime depending on the risk of shifting.

How Much Do Orthodontic Retainers Cost in Bucks County and Philadelphia?

A retainer is a common part of orthodontic treatment plans. The appliance is custom fit to your mouth and teeth, and the cost includes the manufacturing of the retainer at the lab. The cost of your retainer is based on the amount of materials and time that is needed to make the retainer. We will provide you with a cost for your retainer and other aspects of your orthodontic treatment after your consultation.

Payment can be made by:

  • Cash, personal check and credit card
  • Financing through CareCredit®
  • In-house financing options

We are an in-network provider for many of today’s top dental insurance companies. Using an orthodontist that is in your dental care network benefits you by:

  • Providing lower out-of-pocket expenses
  • Saving you time and money by completing and filing all necessary claim forms at no extra charge to you
  • Accepting the payment we negotiate with the insurance company as payment in full
  • Never sending you a bill for the charges that are above the negotiated rate, known as balance billing
  • Expecting you to only pay your applicable co-payment, deductible and co-insurance according to the terms of your policy
  • Letting you pay only for your portion rather than expecting you to pay the full cost and get reimbursed by the insurance company

What to Expect During Your Consultation

The consultation that you have with Dr. Kadan includes a complete examination, X-rays and imaging with the iTero® Element™ system that creates a three-dimensional model of your teeth and jaw. Based on his findings, Dr. Kadan decides on the orthodontic treatments that will improve jaw and teeth alignment. Your treatment plan may include orthognathic surgery, braces, and other orthodontic appliances.

Why Choose Sam Kadan Orthodontics

Dr. Kadan is a board-certified orthodontist, and only one in three orthodontists pursue board certification by demonstrating a commitment to excellence in orthodontic care, as well as continuing education. Dr. Kadan’s exceptional patient care has earned him a position on Philadelphia Magazine’s list of Top Dentists for 2016, winner of the 2016 Happening List and 2015 designation as an Invisalign® Elite Provider. He completed his orthodontic specialty training at the University of Rochester, and he currently holds a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to help develop the skills and expertise of future orthodontists.

Dr. Kadan has designed his facility to reflect his approach to patient care, and we look forward to giving you a tour as part of your consultation and introduction to our practice.

Retention is the last part of your orthodontic plan that extends the improvements made by your braces and other orthodontic appliances. If you live in the Bucks County and Philadelphia communities and want the area’s leading board-certified orthodontist, contact us to schedule a consultation at our Chalfont, Doylestown or Harleysville office.

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