How Much do Permanent Retainers Cost?

Image of a woman wearing her permanent retainers

Are you wondering, how much does it cost to get a plate for your teeth (dental retainers)? Perhaps you just had your braces removed, and your dentist is now recommending that you wear a permanent retainer for at least a year. In any case, it is essential to learn as much as you can about the dental appliance if only to appreciate its significance and to know just what to expect as far as expenses are concerned.

In this post, we take a look at the average cost of getting dental plates for adults as a permanent retainer. This information will be of interest to people looking to obtain the dental appliance for the first time.

Why use dental retainers?

It can be tempting for most people to forego the use of dental plates altogether especially when you have been looking forward to the day when the braces finally come off. However, it is essential to follow through if your dentist tells you that you need them. Ignore the matter entirely, and your teeth may gradually shift back into their angular position.

In most cases, patients will need to wear a retainer for at least a year which is about all the time that you need to make sure that your teeth remain in proper alignment even without them. Also, there are removable options although most orthodontists would recommend getting the permanent one as it can be tempting for most people to forego wearing them. At least with fixed dentures, the dental appliance remains out of sight and out of mind which keeps you from second-guessing yourself about whether you are wearing the retainers enough.

Average cost of a dental spring retainer

So the question remains — how much can you expect to pay for a set of retainers? Well, that depends on which type you are getting, and the dental spring type is perhaps the most popular. Unlike many of its counterparts, dental spring retainers do not just keep the teeth firmly in place after braces come off but can also be adjusted to exert only enough pressure to obtain the desired alignment. As a result, dental spring retainers can also be used to correct the early onset of teeth reverting to an angular position due to the inadequate use of regular retainers.

Dental spring retainers can cost anywhere from $150 to $300 per dental plate depending on dentist fees and the degree of correction required. For a ballpark figure, there is no way around arranging a consultation and have your dentist draw up a treatment plan to keep your teeth proper alignment.

 Cost of Invisalign Retainers

Do you prefer a clear and less noticeable alternative in dental aligners? If so, then Invisalign has a solution for you in the form of the  “Vivera” — a line of clear plastic retainers that preserves your natural dental appearance.

Invisalign retainers cost around $300 to $750 per year. Most people who are concerned about their appearance following the treatment would agree that the cost is well worth it. After all, if you were not about to let the prospect of wearing braces ruin your smile then why should your retainers be a hindrance?


Are you looking to obtain a set of dental retainers from some of the finest Orthodontic experts in the country?  You can expect no less out of “Supersmile Orthodontics.” Call us today on 1300 767 553 to arrange a consultation.

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