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Retainers are an essential part of maintaining your orthodontic results after braces or Invisalign treatment. At Walt Orthodontics in Vaughan, we understand the importance of providing clear information about the cost of retainers and the factors that influence their pricing. This guide will help you understand the different types of retainers, their costs, and what to expect during your retainer journey.

Types of Retainers

There are primarily three types of retainers: Hawley retainers, clear retainers, and fixed retainers. Each type has its own benefits and cost considerations.

1. Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers are traditional removable retainers made of acrylic and metal wires. They are durable, adjustable, and can last for several years with proper care. The cost of Hawley retainers typically ranges from $300 to $400 per arch.

2. Clear Retainers

Clear retainers, also known as Essix retainers, are made of transparent plastic and are nearly invisible when worn. They are custom-made to fit your teeth and are popular for their aesthetic appeal. The cost of clear retainers usually ranges from $200 to $300 per arch.

3. Fixed Retainers

Fixed retainers are permanently bonded to the back of your teeth, ensuring they stay in place without the need for removal. They are ideal for patients who want a low-maintenance option. The cost of fixed retainers typically ranges from $400 to $500 per arch.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Retainers

Several factors can influence the cost of retainers, including:

  • Type of Retainer: As mentioned, different types of retainers have varying costs based on materials and design.
  • Customization: Custom-made retainers that fit your teeth perfectly may cost more than standard options.
  • Replacement Costs: If you lose or damage your retainer, the cost of replacements can add up.
  • Orthodontic Office: The fees can vary depending on the orthodontic office and their pricing policies.

Additional Costs to Consider

When budgeting for retainers, it’s important to consider additional costs that may arise:

  • Initial Consultation: Some orthodontic offices charge for the initial consultation, while others include it in the overall treatment cost.
  • Follow-Up Visits: Regular check-ups to ensure your retainer fits properly and is effective may incur additional fees.
  • Maintenance and Cleaning: Proper care and maintenance of your retainer are crucial to its longevity. Cleaning solutions and cases may add to the overall cost.

Why Choose Walt Orthodontics for Your Retainer Needs?

At Walt Orthodontics, we prioritize patient satisfaction and offer high-quality retainer options to suit your needs and budget. Here’s why patients in Vaughan trust us for their retainer needs:

  • Expertise and Experience: Dr. David Walt and his team have extensive experience in orthodontic treatments, ensuring you receive the best care possible.
  • Customized Solutions: We provide personalized retainer solutions tailored to your specific requirements.
  • Transparent Pricing: We believe in transparency and provide clear information about the costs involved, so you can make an informed decision.
  • Comprehensive Care: From the initial consultation to follow-up visits, we are committed to supporting you throughout your retainer journey.


Understanding the cost of retainers in Vaughan is essential for maintaining your beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment. By considering the type of retainer, additional costs, and the expertise of your orthodontist, you can make an informed decision that meets your needs and budget.

At Walt Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care and high-quality retainers to help you maintain your orthodontic results. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. Let us help you keep your smile perfect for years to come.

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Please note that while initial orthodontic consultations are complimentary, if you recently completed orthodontic treatment or currently are in active appliances with another provider, seeking a replacement/repair for a retainer, or looking to schedule a second consult after your initial one there is a fee for the consultation. Please contact us for more information.

Alternatively, please contact our office directly by phone/text if you are trying to book multiple consultations at the same time or are seeking consultation further out than 12 weeks.

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Walt Orthodontics is pleased to offer interest-free payments up to 30 months. If you require payments over 30 months we are happy to offer the LendCare solution.


Dr. Walt received his dental (DDS) degree from the University of Western Ontario, graduating first in his class and receiving the Gold Medal as well as numerous awards recognizing his scholastic and clinical achievements, leadership and character. He then completed his orthodontic training at the University of Colorado, where he received both his Specialty Certificate and Master of Science Degree. During his residency, he was awarded the Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Scholarship for overall excellence.

After graduating from residency and opening Walt Orthodontics in 2013, Dr. Walt committed himself to applying his traditional orthodontic education into the digital world to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. He currently serves as a Faculty Member, Key Opinion Leader, and Advisory Board Member for Align Technology which involves traveling around the world to teach other orthodontists about Invisalign. Being at the forefront of digital orthodontics, Dr. Walt was invited to be the first orthodontist in Canada to use custom LightForce braces. He also serves as an Orthodontic Coach/Mentor for other orthodontists looking to improve their knowledge of digital orthodontics.

In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Walt is a “die-hard” Blue Jays fan and enjoys working out in his spare time.


Dr. Stephanie Grossman pursued her dental degree in sunny South Florida at Nova Southeastern University. She graduated with honours, at the top of her class, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. She then completed her orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she received both a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree. She is both a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Grossman strives to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care for her patients. She attends numerous hours of continuing education and utilizes the latest advancements in orthodontics. Dr. Grossman is licensed to practice in both the United States and Canada.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Grossman enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling the world. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new restaurants!