Orthodontic Retainers

We offer 3 main types of orthodontic retainers

  1. Traditional Hawley retainers. 
    a) Advantages: long track record, durable if cared for correctly, best to help the teeth settle vertically into a better bite after treatment, labial wire bow adjustable for minor tooth movement, best at holding width if teeth or jaws were expanded
    b) Disadvantages: wire across the front teeth is unaesthetic, rear wire clasps may not be comfortable, some patients find the palatal coverage uncomfortable or it affects speech, must be outsourced to a lab so they take longer to fabricate, most expensive, teeth will move if not worn routinely

  2. Essix or thermoformed retainers
    a) Advantages: clear and very esthetic, may be used as bleaching trays, holds teeth very securely if worn as directed, can protect the teeth from grinding habit, more economical, can be produced in one day, corrections of minor tooth discrepancies can be built into retainer for Invisalign type correction
    b) Disadvantages: not as durable as Hawley retainer, clear plastic may discolor with time, doesn’t allow teeth to erupt further, teeth will move if not worn routinely

  3. Fixed lingual retainer – wire attached with resin to tongue side of incisors
    a) Advantages: no compliance issues – teeth stay straight as long as retainer is permanently attached to teeth, keeps front teeth straight while back teeth are able to settle into an ideal occlusion
    b) Disadvantages: careful oral hygiene required to keep plaque and calculus from building up under wire, if resin bonding comes loose retainer wire may poke out or teeth may move, posterior teeth may shift, not able to use with all tooth shapes if floss doesn’t fit between teeth easily

Montebello Drive West
2575 Montebello Drive West,
Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Tel: (719) 268-7138
Fax: (719) 599-5107
Woodland Park
791 W Kelley's Rd,
Woodland Park, CO 80863
Tel: (719) 687-6129
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What our patients say...

We went to an evaluation at an orthodontist before this one and the price seemed kind of high so then I came to an evaluation here & not only was the price lower but immediately we felt very comfortable and loved the atmosphere of the office. The staff is wonderful, always on time & Dr. Bentele is a great Dr. - very knowledgeable, friendly & with excellent communication. I would recommend this practice to everyone!

We highly recommend Dr. Bentele and his practice. He is honest, friendly, skilled & timely - you name it. He and his staff are wonderful! Angela at the front desk is especially kind and helpful. Best of all - Dr. Bentele creates a wonderful outcome of beautiful teeth. I've experienced two other orthodontists with other children and Dr. Bentele definitely outshines all - in every way - even in cost! I can't speak highly enough about Bentele Orthodontics!

This office is extremely thorough in explaining all aspects of orthodontics from finances to procedures. I'm very confident in this office.

Dr. Bentele makes the patient feel comfortable with his skill and calm confidence. He's honest about the treatment needed and tries to keep the patient informed of the treatment.

Dr. Bentele is our orthodontist for our two children. He provided clear treatment plans with a practical approach. Dr. Bentele does all of the banding and bonding himself and the office appointments are appropriately scheduled. Our children get in and out quickly and the office is never overscheduled, resulting in short waits and unhurried treatment. We're very satisfied and would recommend our friends to see Dr. Bentele!

Dr. Bentele and all staff have been very professional and the cost was reasonable. The approach of not having braces on longer than necessary is one area where I have seen other children suffer (children who went to other orthodontists). The way Dr. Bentele explains what he is doing and why has been good for my daughter to learn the importance of her treatment. I appreciate Dr. Bentele's patience with us as we experienced a difficult financial time during the beginning of our process.