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We know that for our patients, their happiest treatment day is the day their braces are finally off. But that doesn’t mean their treatment has finished! It is crucial to wear a retainer after braces or clear aligner treatment to keep your smile in place. Failing to wear a retainer as directed by your orthodontist could result in your teeth drifting right back to where they were before you began your treatment. We don’t want to see all that hard work go to waste.
You will receive a retainer after your braces are removed. It is important to take good care of your retainer. Clean it properly and always place it in a storage case when it isn’t in your mouth. We know that accidents can happen and it may be necessary for you to get a new retainer.
Consistency is the key to maintaining the smile you’ve worked so hard for throughout your orthodontic treatment. That means wearing your retainer exactly as recommended. IF you’ve lost, broken or damaged your retainer, or if your retainer no longer fits (from new dental work or otherwise), it is crucial to call our office as soon as possible so we can make you a new retainer.
Your clear retainers also act like a night guard to protect your teeth. A retainer that is taken care of correctly is expected to last 1-5 years depending on how much you clench or grind your teeth at night. Remember, it is much easier and less expensive to replace a retainer than it is to replace worn down or broken teeth.
Your smile is an investment in the future of your oral health. A straighter smile is a healthier smile, and your retainer can ensure it stays that way. Just a couple of days without wearing your retainer can result in a smile shift, so call our office right away to ensure this doesn’t happen.
At your new retainer appointment we’ll need to take new molds of your teeth so that we can ensure a proper fit for your retainer. Replacing your retainer can be expensive, so we recommend taking proper care to avoid the cost that may be incurred if you damage, break or lose your retainer.
Vivera retainers are custom-made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign clear aligners. A digital impression (scan) is taken of your teeth instead of a traditional impression.
Vivera retainers are made in sets of 4 so the upfront cost is greater but the value is tremendous. They are more durable than other clear retainers and very comfortable. This is what Dr. Estes and her family use.
How to Clean Your Retainer
Every morning when you remove your retainer you should brush it with your toothbrush and mild hand soap. Do not use toothpaste as it is abrasive and will make tiny scratches in the plastic where bacteria can grow. Do not let saliva dry on your retainer as it can build up and makes your retainer smell and taste bad – gross!
You can also soak your retainer in denture cleaner if you want to.
Never use hot water on your retainer. The water should be mouth temperature or colder.
Keeping Your Retainer Safe
When your retainer is not in your mouth it needs to be in your case.
NEVER wrap your retainer in a paper towel or napkin, this is the most common way retainers are lost because they are mistaken for trash and thrown away!
If you have a dog make sure the case is somewhere that your dog can not get to. Dogs LOVE to eat retainers and will chew through the case to do so.
Be sure to remove your retainers when swimming, Invisalign clear aligners are OK to wear while swimming.