Essix Retainers: Function and Cost
Essix retainers are unique in their low-profile appearance. They’re constructed entirely of transparent plastic with no metal wires and are removable for meals and brushing. Your dental professional or a third-party company creates Essex retainers from an impression or mold of your teeth, custom-made for your smile.
How much do Essix retainers cost? The price of retainers can vary greatly depending on the type of materials used, the brand, quality, and your dental professional. According to the American Dental Association, Essix retainers can cost between $100 to $250.
While it can be appealing to have the less-noticeable change to your appearance that Essix retainers provide, some downsides come with their use. According to a study from the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, wearing Essix retainers may put you more at risk for:
- Increased plaque levels
- Higher frequency of bleeding
- More occurrences of breakage to the retainer
While these downsides should be important in making your choice in retainers, they also found that those wearing Essix retainers felt better about themselves and had increased comfort. Only you and your dental professional together can make the final choice weighing the pros and cons.