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Retainers in Elgin, Moray

From £100 for Removable Retainers & £150 for Fixed Retainers

Role of Retainers after Orthodontic Treatment

Here are the essential role of retainers in maintaining your beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment:

Maintain Teeth Alignment: Retainers keep your teeth in their new, corrected positions after braces or aligners, preventing them from shifting back to their original, misaligned state.
Stabilise Bite: By holding your bite in its corrected position, retainers ensure that your upper and lower teeth fit together properly, contributing to overall oral health and function.
Support Bone Restructuring: After orthodontic treatment, retainers help the bones and tissues surrounding your teeth to solidify and adapt to their new positions, ensuring long-term stability.
Prevent Relapse: Regular use of retainers minimises the risk of teeth moving back to their pre-treatment positions, which is common if retainers are not worn as directed.
Accommodate Late Growth: For younger patients, retainers account for ongoing jaw and facial growth, adjusting to maintain alignment as the body continues to develop.
Aid Speech Adjustment: Retainers assist in adapting your speech to new tooth positions, helping you become comfortable with the changes and ensuring clear pronunciation.
Maintain Space for Teeth: In cases where teeth have been extracted, retainers keep the space open for future dental work, such as implants or bridges, preventing adjacent teeth from shifting.
Support TMJ Health: Properly fitted retainers can help manage and prevent temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues by maintaining the corrected bite and reducing strain on the jaw muscles and joints.
Enhance Overall Oral Health: By keeping teeth aligned, retainers make brushing and flossing more effective, reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.
Improve Aesthetic Results: Consistent retainer use ensures that your orthodontic results remain aesthetically pleasing, giving you the confidence of a straight, beautiful smile for years to come.
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Retainer Types

Retainers are orthodontic appliances designed to maintain the position of teeth after braces or other orthodontic treatments. They help prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions, ensuring the longevity of your new smile. At Moray Orthodontics, we offer these types of retainers:

Hawley Retainers: These traditional retainers consist of a metal wire and acrylic base, custom-fitted to your mouth. They are adjustable and durable, making them a popular choice for long-term use.

Price: from £100

Essix Retainers: Clear, removable retainers made of plastic, resembling Invisalign aligners. They are less noticeable and fit snugly over the teeth, providing a more aesthetic option.

Price: from £100

Fixed Retainers: Also known as bonded or permanent retainers, these involve a wire permanently attached to the back of your front teeth. They offer continuous retention without the need for daily removal.

Price: from £150

Book an Initial Consultation for £60 with Our Family Offer

The initial consultation is an essential part of your orthodontic journey, allowing our orthodontist to tailor a treatment plan to meet your specific needs and goals. During the initial consultation at Moray Orthodontics, our orthodontist will assess your specific needs and determine the right option for you. For just £60, you and your family members can receive a comprehensive consultation together. Here’s what you can expect during this appointment:

1). Discussion of Goals

2). Medical and Dental History

3). Oral Examination

4). Imaging and Scans

5). Treatment Recommendations

6). Preview of Treatment Plan

7). Cost Estimate and Payment Options

8). Asking Questions about the Treatment

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Meet Our Orthodontic Team

Lisa Nich

Lisa Nicholas

Practice Manager GDC 227041

Sara AL

Sara AL-Jawoosh

Dentist GDC 276074


Alison Muir

Orthodontic Therapist GDC 142060


Charlotte Hay

Dental Nurse GDC 161689


Jenna Lambourne

Dental Nurse GDC 161689


Ruth Marshall

Dental Nurse GDC313156


Gail Murray

Dental Receptionist

Frequently Asked Questions

What are retainers?

Retainers are orthodontic appliances designed to maintain the position of teeth after braces or other orthodontic treatments. They help prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions, ensuring the longevity of your new smile.

What is the average cost of retainers in Scotland?

We have checked over 20 websites of orthodontic practices in Scotland and found that the average cost of retainers can range from £100 to £300 or more, depending on various factors.

Why do I need a retainer?

After orthodontic treatment, teeth can shift back to their original positions. Retainers help stabilise your teeth in their new alignment, ensuring your orthodontic treatment results are maintained long-term.

How long do I need to wear my retainer?

The duration for wearing retainers varies by individual. Initially, you might need to wear them full-time for several months, followed by nightly use indefinitely to maintain alignment.

Can I eat with my retainer on?

It is recommended to remove removable retainers, such as Hawley and Essix, while eating to avoid damage and staining. Fixed retainers do not need removal, but maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial.

How do I clean a fixed retainer?

Clean a fixed retainer by brushing and flossing around it thoroughly. Special floss threaders or interdental brushes can help remove plaque and food particles from around the wire.

Are retainers uncomfortable to wear?

Initially, retainers might feel tight or uncomfortable as you adjust to wearing them. This discomfort typically subsides within a few days. If discomfort persists, consult our orthodontist at Moray Orthodontics for adjustments.

Can I play sports with my retainer?

Yes, you can play sports with your retainer, but it is advisable to remove it if it is removable and wear a mouthguard during contact sports to protect your teeth and the retainer from damage.

Do I need to wear my retainer while sleeping?

Yes, wearing your retainer while sleeping is crucial as teeth can shift at night. Our orthodontist will provide specific instructions on how long and when to wear your retainer.

Can I talk normally with a retainer?

Initially, you might experience slight difficulty speaking with a retainer. Practice speaking with the retainer in, and your speech will typically return to normal as you adjust to wearing it.

Will my retainer need adjustments?

Over time, your retainer may require adjustments to ensure it fits correctly and continues to maintain your teeth alignment. Regular visits to our orthodontist at Moray Orthodontics can help address any necessary adjustments.

What Our Patients Are Saying

Norman Browne
Norman Browne
First class treatment
Jacob James Sutherland
Jacob James Sutherland
About a year into my treatment, very pleased with everything. Very polite and helpful staff. looking forward to seeing my teeth when my braces come off.

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Interested in getting an orthodontic treatment from Moray Orthodontics? Book an appointment with us today. A member from our team will be in touch shortly.

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Our Location in Elgin, Moray

We are conveniently located at 89 High Street, Elgin IV30 1EA. Reaching us for your orthodontic treatments in Moray is straightforward, whether by car or public transportation. Ample parking is available in the nearby car parks.

Opening Hours

  • Mon: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Tue: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Wed: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Thu: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Fri: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Sat-Sun: Closed
  • Closed for lunch: 13:00 – 13:30