BestRetainers HarleyDistrict, London

Experts in creating beautiful smiles

Retainers are the best means of maintaining your fabulous new smile once our private dentists have helped you to craft it.

We’re experts in the selection and fitting of all kinds of retainers.

There are various retainer options available to fit around your lifestyle. This includes fixed, unfixed, plastic, wire, whole mouth, and half mouth retainers. Requiring retainers after braces shouldn’t be a nuisance.

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There are two main types of retainer – fixed and removable.

With a removable retainer, your specialist orthodontist at our practice in London will recommend your retainer regime. Please follow this carefully to ensure you do not get any relapse. Your orthodontist will also recommend which retainers are correct for your treatment plan. For example, Invisalign Vivera Removable retainers are included in our premium Invisalign package.

Do not eat or drink with your retainer in place. You will need to clean them regularly using: a toothbrush with soap and lukewarm water (not hot). Avoid using toothpaste or bleach as this will scratch and discolour the retainers. “Retainer Brite” can be used to clean the retainers and make them taste better. You may purchase this from us at future visits.

With a fixed retainer, you may be fitted with a wire to the back of your teeth. This is called a bonded retainer. You will need to keep this extra clean. Please avoid any hard, sticky, and crunchy foods if you have been fitted with one. If your fixed retainer breaks, please wear your removable retainer full-time and contact the practice immediately.

You will not need to be seen often by our specialist orthodontist now the retainers are in place. You will be advised about your future appointments. Retainers are expensive to replace so please take great care of them. Please keep them in a retainer box when they are not being worn. Also, bring them to all future appointments at our Harley Street practice in London.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Retainers are designed to keep your teeth straight and can either be removable or fixed. Now that your teeth are straight, if you do not wear your retainer after your Invisalign or braces treatment, your teeth are likely to drift towards their original positions. If this does happen it may be difficult or impossible to correct.

Normal age changes occur in the human body. In the mouth, these age changes show up as gum recession, increased lower front teeth crowding, and increased turning of twisted or rotated teeth. Having orthodontic treatment at our Harley Street practice in London does not grant immunity to these normal changes. These age changes vary in severity. Therefore we recommend that you wear your retainers for an indefinite period of time – wear them as long as you want to keep your teeth straight. It’s now your responsibility.

Ideally, you should look to replace your retainers every year, as the plastic can stretch with frequent use.

If one or both of your retainers have cracked in half, you’ll need to replace them immediately. This is because, as the shape changes or a crack makes it loose or wobbly, your teeth will start to move with the retainer – undoing all your hard work of wearing braces and straightening your teeth.

At any point, if you feel like your retainer doesn’t fit as snugly as it used to, be sure to visit our dentist (with the retainer), so we can check if you need a new one.

Keeping your retainers clean will ensure they last as long as possible – preventing plaque, tartar and bacteria from building up.

For more tips on how to care for your retainers in London or to arrange an appointment with our dental experts, feel free to call 020 7487 2711.

The price you’ll pay for retainers in London can vary depending on the type of retainer required.

For example, a fixed bonded retainer usually costs between £100 – £400 per arch. With this type of retainer, a strong wire is glued (and hidden) behind the teeth, helping to permanently retain the shape you’ve achieved with braces.

The Vivera retainer, on the other hand, is a clear plastic retainer that offers excellent durability. With the right care and attention, your removable retainer should last up to 5 years before you need to replace it. This typically costs £125 – £200 per sheet.

If you’d like to receive a more accurate estimate for retainers in London, please don’t hesitate to book a consultation with the team at elleven Dental. You can either call the practice, email us or fill out our online enquiry form, and we’ll get back to you with a convenient time and date.


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