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Retainers, Retainers, Retainers

November 13th, 2017

After orthodontic treatment, teeth naturally want to go back to where they started from; that's why it is very important to insert retainers after treatment is complete.  If retainers are not worn, there is a chance that teeth may relapse into a previously crowded or spaced condition.

At Valeri Orthodontics, everyone gets retainers after treatment (for no additional cost) and there are several types that we use depending on each patient's individual needs:

  • Clear Essix Retainers
  • Traditional Hawley Retainers
  • Permanent Retainers

Clear Essix Retainers (clear plastic) are usually worn after comprehensive treatment.  Essix retainers are nearly undetectable and offer an esthetic alternative to traditional Hawley retainers. While everyone's case is different, we usually recommend wearing the clear Essix retainers full time for 2 months and at nights thereafter.

Traditional Hawley Retainers (wire and acrylic) are normally used after Phase 1/Early Treatment. We utilize these retainers after early treatment because they are easy to adjust when baby teeth are lost and adult teeth begin to erupt.  There are many colors to choose from when designing a Hawley so you can pick the color the best fits your style! We suggest a similar wear schedule for Hawleys as we do for the clear Essix retainers.

Permanent Retainers (wire) are placed on the backside of your teeth after comprehensive treatment to prevent relapse without having to constantly remember to wear a removable retainer. However, they are not used in all cases due to many reasons including deepness of bites, skeletal imbalances, and oral hygiene.  Flossing is a little more difficult with permanent retainers, but with good oral hygiene, keeping them clean is a breeze. While they are called "permanent retainers", they are held in with white filling material and can occasionally come loose. Please notify us if your retainer is every loose.

While straightening your teeth is up to us, keeping them straight is up to you! Always wear and care for retainers as instructed and please let us know of any problems.

Give us a call today at 262-577-5242 to set up a FREE CONSULTATION.  We accept almost all insurances and offer flexible financing.



How Much Do Braces Cost?

October 16th, 2017

You may have heard from your dentist that you or your child should get checked by an orthodontist. There are many questions that may come to mind (What type of braces? Am I a candidate for Invisalign? How long will it take?) but the main one I hear is: How much do braces cost?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for that question. The cost of braces depends on many factors: type of braces, whether Invisalign is a good option, length of treatment, complexity of the case, and if there are any additional appliances needed. Generally braces/orthodontics can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 depending on those factors but most likely it falls somewhere in between.

The good news is that we accept almost all insurance plans and are in-network for many more (Aetna, Anthem, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Delta, Guardian, Humana, MetLife, TRICARE, Unicted Concordia, and United Healhtcare).

We also work with your budget to offer very affordable payment plans with low down payments to make the investment in your smile a little easier.  Cost shouldn't have to be something that prevents you from achieving the smile you or your child deserve, and we will help you achieve that goal!

Please contact us today at 262-577-5242 to set up a free consultation.

Best of Kenosha

September 11th, 2017

We were recently nominated for "Best Orthodontist" in the Kenosha News Best of Kenosha contest! Please vote for us here.  You can also pick out your favorite DJ or favorite pizza if you have the time! :)

Invisalign: The Clear Alternative To Braces

August 7th, 2017

Want straight teeth but hate the idea of wearing braces? Invisalign may be a great option for you!

Invisalign works by utilizing clear trays to gradually move your teeth into the proper position. You wear the trays around 22 hours per day and take them out to eat, brush, and floss. No more worrying about foods to avoid (candy eaters rejoice) or cleaning around braces and wires!

Also, with our revolutionary digital scanner, you can visualize what your teeth will look like after Invisalign with our special software!  Plus, no more messy impressions. :)

Give us a call at our Kenosha - Pleasant Prairie office if you would like to see if Invisalign is right for you!  As always, our consultation is free!

Nick Valeri, DDS, MS