Dental Retainers

In Singapore, where health and aesthetics often go hand-in-hand, dental retainers have become a staple in maintaining the perfect post-treatment smile. Singaporeans may come across two popular options in dental retainers: clear retainers and Hawley retainers. Each type offers distinct advantages and considerations.

Clear dental retainers in hand and mouth.
Clear dental retainers in hand.
Clear dental retainers in hand and mouth.

What is a Dental Retainer?

A dental retainer is a custom-made orthodontic appliance usually made of plastic or metal that is designed to hold teeth in position after braces or any form of orthodontic treatment. After the teeth have been realigned, they need time to settle into the soft tissue and jawbone that hold them in place. Retainers help to ensure that teeth maintain their new position after the braces are removed.

They work by preventing the teeth from shifting back to their original place, which can occur naturally over time due to the ongoing pressure of chewing, growth, and everyday use. The consistent use of retainers is crucial to the long-term success of orthodontic treatment, ensuring that individuals can enjoy the benefits of a straighter, well-aligned smile for years to come.

At True Dental Studio, we provide removable retainers for enhanced convenience and oral hygiene. These retainers can be effortlessly taken out, simplifying the process of brushing and flossing and maintaining optimal dental health.

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Why Choose True Dental's Dental Retainers?

Clear Retainers

Clear retainers, often known as invisible retainers, are made from a durable, transparent plastic that snugly covers the entire arch of your teeth. They are favoured for their inconspicuous appearance, allowing for a natural smile while maintaining the teeth's position after orthodontic treatment.

Clear dental retainers stand alone.
Clear dental retainers stand alone.

Advantages of Clear Retainers

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Clear retainers are favoured by those in Singapore seeking a discreet solution to maintain dental alignment, blending seamlessly with their lifestyle.
  • Adaptability to Lifestyle: These retainers offer the flexibility needed for the fast-paced life of professionals and students, easily removed for eating and important occasions.
  • Suitability for Humid Climate: Removable and easy to clean, they are ideal for maintaining oral hygiene in Singapore's humid climate, reducing the risk of bacterial buildup.

Disadvantages of Clear Retainers

  • Non-Adjustable: Once made, clear retainers cannot be adjusted. If your teeth require realignment, a new retainer must be made.
  • Fragility: Clear retainers can crack or break, and unlike some other types of retainers, they cannot be repaired.
  • Speech Impediment: Initially, they may affect your speech more than permanent retainers, as the tongue adjusts to the presence of the retainer.
  • Heat Sensitivity: Clear retainers can warp if exposed to heat, compromising their fit and effectiveness.
  • Discoloration: Over time, clear retainers tend to become discoloured, making them more visible when you wear them. This can detract from the aesthetic appeal, which is often a primary reason for choosing them.

We also provide clear Vivera retainers by Invisalign. Please talk to our friendly staff for more information.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers are a traditional type of orthodontic retainer made from a combination of metal wire and sturdy acrylic. Designed to keep teeth in place after braces or other orthodontic adjustments, they are known for their durability and adjustability. Hawley retainers fit comfortably in the roof of the mouth or along the lower jaw, featuring a wire that runs across the front teeth, and are customizable in various colours and patterns to suit personal preferences.

Hawley dental retainers held in hand.
Hawley dental retainers held in hand.

Advantages of Hawley Retainers

  • Durability: Known for their longevity, Hawley retainers are a robust choice for long-term dental maintenance.
  • Adjustability: These retainers offer the benefit of being adjustable to accommodate ongoing minor dental shifts.
  • Ease of Maintenance: Their design simplifies cleaning, promoting better oral hygiene.
  • Customization: You may personalise your retainer with a selection of colours and patterns, adding a touch of individuality.

Disadvantages of Hawley Retainers

  • Visibility: The presence of the metal wire makes this retainer more noticeable when you smile or speak.
  • Teeth Grinding: As they don't cover the biting surfaces, they offer no protection against the wear from teeth grinding.
  • Potential for Movement: While they are durable, there's still a slight chance for teeth to shift over time.
  • Initial Discomfort: It may take some time to get used to the feel of the retainer, and it might initially affect speech clarity.

Dental Retainers Cost in Singapore

Treatment Price*
Consultation $25 to $60
Clear Retainers $450 to $550
Hawley Retainers $450 to $550
Vivera Retainers $1099 (3 sets)
Vivera Retainers $550 (1 set)

*All prices are NETT.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A dental retainer is a custom-made orthodontic device, either made of wire and acrylic or clear plastic, used to keep teeth in place after braces or other forms of orthodontic treatment.

The duration for wearing a dental retainer varies; immediately after braces, it may be worn full time for several months and then possibly only at night indefinitely to maintain alignment.

A well-maintained dental retainer can last several years, but it may need to be replaced due to wear and tear or changes in the mouth.

At True Dental Studio, the cost of a dental retainer typically ranges between $450 to $550.

Yes, most people are advised to wear their retainers every night while sleeping to maintain teeth alignment, especially in the first few years after braces.

Typically, it's advised to continue wearing retainers indefinitely, especially at night, to ensure lifelong maintenance of your teeth's alignment. Your dentist can provide personalised advice based on your specific needs.