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Simply upload images of your smile and Mr David Gale will personally review your case, giving you options, recommended treatments and an idea of costs and monthly payment. This service is available for private treatment.

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Receive one free set of removable retainers as part of your private treatment

Keep your new smile straight for the long term

Specialist retainers in Fareham. Removable (essix) retainer upper or lower £92.00, bonded retainer (fixed) £250 per arch.

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Why choose a retainer?

Protect your smile

Retainers maintain your beautiful new smile, keeping your teeth in line and protecting your hard work


Both removable and bonded retainers are incredibly discreet and are hardly visible when worn.

Easy to wear

You can wear removable retainers overnight, avoiding any disruption to your daily life


Precise digital scans give your retainers a snug and comfortable fit

Steps to your new retainer

Orthodontic treatment

You begin with your chosen orthodontic treatment, as discussed and planned with our specialist, David Gale. The length of your treatment will depend on the straightening system we are using for your particular case.

Your ideal results

Once your orthodontic treatment is over, we reveal your brand new smile! We make sure you are completely happy with your results and begin the final stage of the process - your retainers.

Bespoke retainers

We take digital scans and images of your teeth so your bespoke retainers can be created. At David Gale, we offer two types - removable clear plastic retainers and bonded retainers.

We recommend you use both bonded and removable retainers for the best results. The bonded retainers only keep the front six teeth in place, so if removable retainers are worn at night, this offers a belts and braces approach.

Maintain your beautiful smile

We show you how to use your removable retainers, or fix your bonded retainers to the back of your teeth. We give you some tips and advice for maintaining your straight smile and leave you to enjoy it!

*We will see you three months after your brace is removed to assess your retention and retainers and then a year after the brace has been removed.


Flexible payment options for your orthodontic treatment

Choosing to straighten your teeth and maintain your new smile can be expensive, which is why we’re pleased to offer a way to help you make your orthodontic treatment more affordable. Spread the cost with our flexible 0% interest payment plans and discover your perfect smile. Contact us for more information.

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What are retainers?

Retainers are essential for keeping your teeth in their new positions after orthodontic treatment, and are often thought of as the most vital stage. When your braces are removed, your teeth will try to move back to their previous positions, known as relapse. By using retainers, we can prevent this from happening and keep your smile perfect for the long term.

As we get older, our jaws continue to change and our teeth can become more crooked as part of the natural ageing process. This can still occur following brace treatment, and if you had braces as a teenager. It is important to wear retainers for as long as you wish your smile to stay straight, and replace them if necessary due to damage or breakage.


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Which retainers do you offer at David Gale Specialist Orthodontic Centre?

We have two types of retainers available at our orthodontic practice:

Removable retainers are made of clear plastic, and one set is included with all treatment. These must be worn for at least 12 hours a day in the first year after active treatment, then for at least three nights a week for the long term. Removable retainers are comfortable to wear and ensure all your teeth are held in position, including the ones at the back.

Bonded retainers consist of a thin wire which is precisely glued to the back surfaces of your six front teeth. It can’t be seen from the front and can be placed on either the upper or lower arch, or both if needed. Bonded retainers stay in place all the time, so are constantly keeping your teeth in their straight positions.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I choose the type of retainer I have?

If you have a preference for the type of retainer you have, please let us know. One set of removable clear plastic retainers is included with all orthodontic treatment, but you have the option to have a bonded retainer, usually for an additional fee. We can advise you on the best type of retainer for your individual case.

How do I look after my retainers?

If you have a removable retainer, you should keep it in a hard container or storage box whenever it is out of your mouth, to avoid damaging or losing it. Clean your retainer using cold water and a firm toothbrush, but avoid using toothpaste.

If you have a bonded retainer, you need to brush this as part of your normal teeth cleaning routine at home. We will show you how to clean your retainer effectively, using floss to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

What should I do if I break or lose my retainer?

If you break or lose your retainer, please let us know as soon as you can. We will advise you on the next steps, which may include inviting you to our practice for a replacement.

Are retainers painful?

Retainers are designed to be comfortable, enabling you to easily wear them for hours at a time, and while you sleep. Removable retainers are a snug and accurate fit, and the precise nature of bonded retainers mean they should not hurt. If you find your retainers begin to hurt, your teeth may have shifted. Please contact us so we can help.

Can I eat while wearing my retainer?

If you have a fixed retainer, this cannot be removed and so you will need to eat while it is in your mouth. To avoid causing unnecessary damage, we advise you to be careful when eating very sticky or hard foods, as these could dislodge your retainer.

If you have a removable retainer, this works in much the same way as an orthodontic aligner or mouthguard. You need to take it out of your mouth to eat or drink anything but water, popping it back in afterwards.

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