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Vivera Retainers

Once you have finished your Invisalign treatment, you will need to wear retainers to ensure your teeth will not try to return to their original positions, retaining your beautiful, healthy, straight smile firmly in place. Wearing your retainers is an important part of your Invisalign treatment. Failure to wear them properly or as often as recommended could result in your teeth drifting out of alignment, wasting all your hard work. Invisalign produces its own retainers called Vivera.

What are Vivera Retainers?

These retainers are made from the same premium-grade plastic as the aligners and are very comfortable, convenient, and easy to wear. The retainers are made from a thicker material than the aligners, so they should last for years without deforming, breaking, or cracking. The clear plastic material is just as discreet as the aligners and is easy to keep clean. Usually, you will receive a set of retainers, so you always have a backup in case you lose or break a Vivera retainer, but they are very durable and are long-lasting compared with other brands of clear retainers.

Why Are Retainers Necessary?

After completing Invisalign treatment, retainers are used during the retention phase. When your teeth moved during Invisalign treatment, the bone surrounding your tooth roots needed to remodel so these roots could shift to the correct positions. After completing treatment, the remodeling process will continue so that, over time, your teeth will be held more firmly in their new positions. Using retainers helps ensure:

How Long Will I Need to Wear Retainers?

Initially, you will need to wear your Vivera retainers continuously, usually for the first six months to a year after completing treatment. After the initial retention phase, we can review your dental health and advise how frequently you need to wear them moving forward. Generally, most people need to wear their retainers for a few nights each week. Wearing them every night for life will help prevent your teeth from moving out of place, so you will always enjoy treatment results. As you age, teeth have a natural tendency to shift position.

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Caring for Your Vivera Retainers

It is extremely easy to look after your Vivera retainers. After removing them, wash them immediately by brushing the retainer gently with a toothbrush under warm water, and you can also use mild dish soap. Alternatively, you can clean your retainers in mouthwash or use Invisalign’s proprietary cleaning crystals for when you want to cleanse them more thoroughly. It’s important to store your retainers in the case provided when not in use to prevent any loss or damage. It’s especially important to do this if you have a dog because dogs are often attracted to the scent of saliva on retainers and other dental appliances and tend to use these appliances as chew toys.

What If I Damage or Lose My Vivera Retainers?

Every set of retainers should last for several years, but if you notice a Vivera retainer begins to look misshapen or feels loose, switch to using a new set. Over time, plastic retainers can loosen, but because Vivera retainers are made from a thicker material, this is less likely to happen with this brand.

If you don’t have any new retainers left, please get in touch with us immediately as we will have your digital records, and we can place an order with Invisalign so they can print a new set of retainers.

Will Wearing Retainers Cause Cavities?

Wearing your Vivera retainers should not increase the risk of cavities, provided you keep them clean and fresh. Cavities are caused by dental plaque buildup, so there shouldn’t be any risk of developing tooth decay, provided you clean your retainers thoroughly and make sure you brush and floss your teeth properly. If you fail to clean your retainers properly, plaque will build up inside them and coat your teeth while you wear them, increasing your risk of tooth decay.

Are Vivera Retainers Comfortable?

Your retainers should feel very comfortable, especially as they are designed to fit snugly over teeth and hold them in place but not move them. Initially, when you first start to use your retainers, they might feel a little strange, and you could experience mild discomfort, but this should disappear within the first few days.

Is There Another Type of Retainer I Can Wear?

We find most patients like using Invisalign retainers because they are so easy and comfortable to wear. Most people appreciate the versatility of having a removable retainer and find them simple and effective. There are other types of retainers available, such as a fixed retainer that consists of a thin wire permanently bonded onto the inner surfaces of your teeth.

Initially, a permanent retainer may seem appealing, especially as the wire is hidden from view. It can be useful for someone who thinks they may forget to wear their Vivera retainers regularly, but it isn’t a perfect choice. People who choose this retainer may find it irritates their mouth because it is made from metal. You would need to spend extra time cleaning on and around the retainer, and there is the potential that plaque and food will build up. If you eat anything very sticky or hard, these foods may get stuck underneath the wire and will be difficult to remove.

Other removable retainers, such as a Hawley retainer, are far more noticeable than Vivera retainers. These have an acrylic base plate supporting an archwire that fits around the outer surface of teeth. They can also feel uncomfortable to use or may cause difficulty speaking.

When you visit our practice to discover more about Invisalign treatment, we can discuss retainers in far more detail, including the pros and cons of each option.