| | Hawley retainer
I currently have an Essix retainer. My ortho predicts it will last two years. I've had it for 4 months, and it still feels as good as new. I asked my ortho what would happen once it breaks, and he said I would then get a Hawley retainer which will basically last me the rest of my life.
I'm thinking of asking for a Hawley retainer to be made now (before my Essix breaks.) I don't want to be always wondering when is my Essix going to break and will I be able to get a new retainer made right away. I find the Essix extremely comfortable, but I think I might prefer the Hawley because then my teeth would meet (more naturally comfortable). Also, I'm moving next year and won't be close to my ortho, so I want to get the Hawley made now with him. I don't want to need to find an ortho in a new random city to replace a retainer ASAP because mine just broke. Get what I mean?
1. How much (about) would a Hawley cost? I'm not sure the price is included in my orginal payment, because I will be asking for it to be made before my Essix ever breaks.
2. Are they easier to keep clean than an Essix? It looks it!
3. What were you told was the estimated life span of a Hawley?
Thanks in advance!