Orthodontic Retainers

Did you finish orthodontic treatment? If so, the ideal way to keep your teeth straight is to wear a retainer. Whether you choose a temporary or permanent orthodontic retainer, it’s wise to follow Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr. for maximized results.

When you schedule a consultation at Alamo City Orthodontics, our trusted orthodontist can help answer your questions about orthodontics, work with your insurance provider, offer transparent pricing, and help you achieve a straighter smile.

Orthodontic Retainers Defined

Orthodontic retainers are custom-made devices worn in the mouth over the teeth. Ideally, the purpose of a retainer is to keep the teeth in their new, correct position after braces, clear aligners, and other orthodontic treatments.

Temporary vs. Permanent Orthodontic Retainer

Fixed or “permanent” retainers and removable or “temporary” retainers are the two main types of retainers and are categorized by function:

  • Temporary retainers are easy to take out for meals, brushing, or flossing. They are typically wire or plastic clear retainers.
  • Permanent retainers stay in the mouth. They are bonded directly to the teeth and cannot be removed without help from an orthodontist.

The Treatment Process

While our orthodontic specialists might choose one type of retainer over the other or a combination of both, the retainer treatment process depends on which style of retainer you choose:

  • Temporary retainers start with dental impressions of the teeth. Then, personalized impressions are fabricated at our convenient in-house laboratory.
  • Permanent retainers are measured and placed on the teeth with dental cement. Although this is a lengthier process, permanent retainers are a same-day orthodontic service.


Even though your teeth might seem sturdy, teeth aren’t set in place immediately after orthodontic treatment. The sheer nature of braces, clear aligners, and dental appliances is to apply pressure to the teeth and move them. After orthodontic pressures are released, the teeth, bones, and muscles tend to drift back to their original position.

Orthodontic retainers after braces prevent teeth from moving, even with daily chewing and grinding forces. Thus, helping teeth stay in the correct position.

Generally, the type of retainer will dictate the cost. For instance,

  • Removable Hawley and Essix retainers can cost between $100-$600;
  • Bonded retainers can cost $500 to $1,000 for upper and lower sets.

Meet with the Best Orthodontist Near Alamo Heights, Castle Hills, and the San Antonio Area

Retainers are one of the best ways to protect your orthodontic investment. If you have questions about your first appointment, orthodontic treatments, or candidacy, contact us at (210) 344-9295 or message Alamo City Orthodontics online. A staff member will be happy to help you get the answers you need.

Dr. Gonzalez and his team hope this information is helpful to you! We look forward to answering any questions and helping you stay on track to achieve the smile of your dreams.