After completing your orthodontic treatment, you may have been told that you have to wear retainers for the rest of your life. Just because you will need these dental devices long-term does not mean that they will last that long. Even the best type, like Vivera retainers by Invisalign, do not last forever.
Now that you know that these dental devices will not last forever, it could lead you to the next question. How often will you need to purchase new retainers? The answer is determined by a handful of factors, the essential one is the kind you have. At M. Scott Runnels Orthodontics, we offer removable retainers for your convenience.
There are two common types of removable retainers, Essix and Hawley. Unlike Hawley, Essix ones are singular pieces of molded, clear plastic. Both kinds of retainers can become wear out quickly if not taken care of properly
On the other hand, Hawley retainers have wires attached to a tray and can break off at the point of attachment. As would be expected, Essix retainers last a shorter time than Hawley. At most, Essix last a few years, while Hawley last up to one decade.
It is essential to keep both kinds of retainers clean. If properly taken care, you can maximize the use fo these dental devices and save yourself some money. The main method of care is brushing them out after use. When you remove them from your mouth, be sure to rinse them in cold water and brush them as you brush your teeth. Be sure to let them dry out properly before returning your retainers to their case. It may also be wise to clean out the case from time to time.
As mentioned above, Invisalign makes Vivera retainers which have similarities to Essix but are individualized to the wearer’s bite. These are quite good quality, and each patient receives a set of four that all together last four years. Taking care of your retainers can make them last as long as they’re supposed to, keeping you from spending money to replace them prematurely.
If you would like Vivera retainers in Destin or Panama City Beach, M. Scott Runnels Orthopedics is ready to help you achieve a smile you are proud of. Our team of specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have about this post-treatment option. Contact us today and schedule your consultation for post-braces care.