Retainers
in London

After completion of your treatment with braces, you will naturally want to preserve your beautiful set of straight teeth in future. Retainers prevent your teeth from moving again. You can read up on the exact procedure in our clinic below. We will also gladly provide you with more details in person. We are looking forward to your visit.

What are retainers?

Dental retainers are a custom-made removable or fixed dental appliance or aligner made of clear plastic or metal used in the specialist field of dentistry called orthodontics which we practice here at our clinic in London. They are often the next natural step after braces treatment is complete when the teeth are now straightened in order to preserve the new alignment of the teeth and to guard against potential misalignment in the future. Literally, a retainer is used to retain the shape of the teeth now treated to restore your beautiful smile.

Who is suitable for retainers?

Dental patients who have successfully completed their orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth with braces usually find the next standard and natural step in their oral health care plan would usually be the use of removable or fixed retainers. Our orthodontist will usually recommend a retainer as part of your dental plan to straighten any teeth.

What does a retainer cost?

Vivera retainer per jaw



£350
Wire retainer per jaw£700

High-quality retainers to deliver straighter teeth

Unlike many other dental practices, Wimpole Street Dental Clinic is extremely fortunate and proud to operate our own dental laboratory on-site. This means that we can create the perfect retainer for your mouth, guaranteeing comfort, effectiveness and ultimately, a beautiful smile.

Book an appointment at our central London practice to find our about our removable and fixed retainers.

What happens during the treatment of retainers?

Removable retainers

  • After initial consultation, we accurately take all the measurements we need for our dental technicians at our in-house dental laboratory to manufacture a custom-made plated appliance often made of plastic with special holding elements attached to it.
  • Once the removable retainer is ready to be applied, we will explain exactly how to use it on a daily basis and provide you with all the aftercare information and advice you may need.
  • We agree together a schedule of check-ups for you to attend so we can check the fit and monitor how the jawbones and gums stabilise themselves in relation to this new orthodontics device and how it protects the new position of the teeth to prevent significant movement.

NB: Please note that the overall duration of orthodontic treatment with a retainer varies on an individual case basis but we often recommend using a retainer for as long as you used your braces

Fixed retainers

  • After initial consultation, we accurately take all the measurements we need (such as with a teeth impression kit to create a plaster model) for our dental technicians at our in-house dental laboratory to manufacture a custom-made plated appliance for you.
  • Fixed teeth stabilisers are attached to the inner sides of the front teeth.
  • After a pre-treatment, we attach the wire so it does not exert any pressure.
  • We agree together a schedule of check-ups for you to attend so we can check the fit and monitor how the jawbones and gums stabilise themselves in relation to this new fixed retainer and how it protects the new position of the teeth to prevent significant movement. 

NB: If the retainers start to exert pressure or to loosen, please book an appointment with us at your earliest opportunity so we can preserve both the form and function of the retainers for you to restore both your comfort and confidence in their daily use.

Why is Wimpole Street Dental Clinic best for retainers in London?

The clinical purpose of a teeth retainer is to protect the new alignment of the teeth once braces are removed upon successful completion of this initial orthodontic treatment. This purpose is best served by a perfect fit which we are delighted to achieve for our patients through the use of our state-of-the-art technology suite and dental laboratory facilities available to us in-house here at our central London dental practice. We pride ourselves on the delivery of premium multi-disciplinary treatments offered by all of the dentist and orthodontist team who are either a registered specialist in their field or hold an in-depth special interest in the treatments they perform.

The specialist field of orthodontics, including the manufacture of your custom-made teeth retainers for teeth straightening, is another area of dental expertise where we excel in our orthodontist team.

We provide an integrated treatment plan for all our patients with routine dental appointments, dental hygiene care and the latest advice on saving teeth, replacing teeth, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, resulting in the highest standards of excellence in treatment outcomes using evidence-based dentistry with a person-centred approach.

FAQ’s

Retainers are a custom-made removable or fixed dental appliance made of clear plastic or metal used in the specialist field of dentistry called Orthodontics. They can be visible or invisible to you depending on the method of manufacture. They are in essence a moulded apparatus operating like a frame within the mouth designed to protect the new alignment of your teeth and your new smile after successful completion of braces treatment.

The best teeth retainer is the one which offers you the best fit and is fit for purpose. In addition to your comfort, if they are as aesthetically pleasing as possible then you can rest assured you have chosen the best option for yourself.

At Wimpole Street Dental Clinic, our orthodontic team offer the Vivera and Wire retainer choices for you to consider with your dentist.

Retainers are a custom-made removable or fixed dental appliance made of clear plastic or metal used in the specialist field of dentistry called Orthodontics. They are the next natural step after braces treatment is complete when the teeth are now straightened in order to preserve the new alignment of the teeth and to guard against potential misalignment in the future. Literally a retainer helps retain the shape of the teeth now treated to restore your beautiful smile.

Teeth treated with braces may move significantly without the use of a retainer. Please note that the likelihood of new teeth misalignments or a teeth shift relapse rises up to 90% after 10 years if the retainer is not in use. You may find that teeth straightening treatment without a retainer is not as effective in the long term.

Please note that the overall duration of treatment with a retainer varies on an individual case basis but we often recommend using a retainer for as long as you used your braces. If in doubt, ask your dentist and they will be able to provide a more detailed answer about how long you can expect to wear a retainer.

Your Orthodontist will advise you if/when a teeth retainer is needed for you, in your individual case, during your check-up appointment with us at our dental practice. You will be booked in with the orthodontic team for an initial consultation followed by an appointment.

Our current fees for retainer and orthodontic treatment at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic:

  • Vivera retainer per jaw – £350
    After each orthodontic treatment a retainer has to be worn for a lifetime otherwise the tooth positions revert to an undesired position. The Vivera retainer is a thin splint which is worn at night and keeps the teeth in position. For each jaw you will get three retainers as they will soften over time.
  • Wire retainer per jaw – £300
    After each orthodontics treatment a retainer has to be worn for life. As an alternative to a Vivera retainer worn at night, a wire can be bonded to the back of your teeth. Otherwise, the tooth positions revert to an undesired position. For each jaw the wire will connect the front teeth from canine tooth to canine tooth.

Good dental hygiene is vital for the effective cleansing of your fixed or removable retainer appliances. Our orthodontic team recommend the use of interdental brushes to adequately remove food particles from the teeth and gums so as to prevent caries or cavities forming in the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.

At your appointment with us at our dental practice, we would be delighted to advise on ways to optimise your oral hygiene regime now that it includes caring for your teeth retainers to retain your new straight teeth.

Whilst aligners and retainers might sound and look like they are similar, they are in fact quite different. Whilst a retainer retains the teeth in place to stop them from moving, an aligner does the opposite. Clear aligners like Invisalign are popular as they aren’t as noticeable as braces nor as they permanent fixtures all day. Aligners work by moving teeth with slight pressure until the tooth moves into the desired position. 

Aligners, such as invisible braces/clear aligners like Invisalign, are also removeable unlike braces. This means that they can be taken out for more comfortable activities like eating or drinking.

If the retainer no longer offers you a precise fit, it can cause you discomfort. This is because that once again the teeth are moving from their new alignment after your braces treatment. In order to rectify the fit of your retainer so it is comfortable, functional and snug, please book an appointment with us at our dental practice so we can advise and recommend to you the best course of action.

Custom retainers, made in-house, to guarantee the most comfortable and effective results

Treatment Reviews

patient reviews dentist wimpole street

Darina V

I have entrusted Dr. Mehl with a lengthy and difficult treatment. It was about closing a gap between two front teeth. Both, Dr. Mehl himself and the dental technician in the lab, did an outstanding job, so the result surprised me very positively.

The well-organized team, which was always friendly, and the particularly modern practice also contributed to this.