Retainers

Retainers

To make sure your new confident smile lasts for decades to come, you will have to use retainers, that way you will keep the smile that took time, skill and investment to create!

Why is retention so important?

After braces have been removed teeth have a tendency to return to their original position undoing your great new smile. To prevent this, your orthodontist may advise that you wear a retainer.

Wearing a retainer is simple, but it is actually a complex piece of equipment and a significant part of your orthodontic treatment. To maintain the success of your orthodontic treatment, it is vital that you wear your retainer in the way that your orthodontist advises.

It is difficult to say how long you will need to wear your retainer – each patient is an individual case. Your orthodontist’s advice about how long you will need a retainer for will be tailored to you.

There are a range of different retainers available and your orthodontist will recommend to you the type of retainer that will best keep your teeth in position.

Vivera Retainer

Vivera Removable Retainers

Like Invisalign, Vivera retainers are custom made especially for each individual patient. You are provided with three sets and they are made using:

  • Most advanced technology
  • 3D digital imaging
  • Clear thermoplastic material
  • Advanced fabrication technology

The combination of all of this technology enables the Vivera retainers to not only be strong and almost invisible, but also to have a precise fit.

Instructions For Vivera (Transparent) Removable Retainers

  • Wear these retainers EVERY NIGHT into the future if you want to keep your teeth straight. Your orthodontist might ask you to do additional hours if necessary.
  • Do not drink hot drinks whilst wearing the retainer as this will distort it, as will any contact with hot liquid.
  • Take them out of your mouth when eating or playing sports.
  • When the retainers are out of your mouth, place them in a brace/retainer case for safety.
  • Brush your teeth after eating before replacing the retainer.
  • Clean them once a day using a toothbrush, water and a clear liquid hand soap only.
  • Do not use toothpaste to clean them, because it can make your retainers more brittle and prone to breakage.
  • Bring your retainers for the periodic check-up appointments.
  • Vivera retainers come in sets of three, so if you break or loose a set, you will already have a replacement to hand.
  • There is an additional cost for any additional replacement sets.
Bonded Fixed Retainer

Bonded Fixed Retainers

These consist of a wire bonded to the tongue-side of your teeth. They are designed to hold your teeth in a particular position for a long period of time, and the longer they remain in place the greater the guarantee that your teeth will remain straight.

Instructions For Bonded (Fixed) Retainers

  • Bonded retainers are designed to hold the teeth in the exact position over a long period of time. The longer they remain in place the greater the guarantee that your teeth will remain straight.
  • You must note and memorise the position of the thin wire behind the teeth and the special cement used to attach this wire to each tooth.
  • Check the wires with a small mouth mirror every morning.
  • Brush the back of your teeth and over the wires thoroughly 2-3 times a day, especially after eating sweet foods.
  • Sticky sweets and hard foods can break the wire or its attachments, so be careful!
  • If the wire breaks or an attachment becomes loose, telephone this clinic for an immediate appointment to have it checked. Ensure you wear your removable retainers to keep the teeth in position until your appointment.
  • When wearing a Bonded retainer you need only wear your removable retainers at night.
  • There is an additional cost for replacement or repair of this retainer.
Removable Essix Retainer

Essix Removable Retainers

This is a clear or transparent retainer that is moulded to fit over the teeth.

Instructions For Essix (Transparent) Removable Retainers

  • Wear your retainers EVERY NIGHT into the future if you want to keep your teeth straight.
  • Take them out of your mouth when eating or playing sports.
  • When the retainers are out of your mouth, place them in a brace/retainer case for safety.
  • Clean them once a day using a toothbrush and toothpaste and then once a week using Retainer Brite tablets.
  • Bring your retainers for the periodic check-up appointments.
  • There is an additional cost for replacement or repair of this retainer.
Removable Hawley Retainer

Hawley Removable Retainers

This is the most common retainer and is made of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth, keeping them in place. The wire is rooted to a piece of specially moulded acrylic, which resides in the palate or floor of the mouth.

Instructions For Hawley Removable Retainers

  • Wear your retainers EVERY NIGHT into the future if you want to keep your teeth straight.
  • Take them out of your mouth when eating or playing sports.
  • When the retainers are out of your mouth, place them in a brace/retainer case for safety.
  • Clean them once a day using a toothbrush and toothpaste and then once a week using Retainer Brite tablets.
  • Bring your retainers for the periodic check-up appointments.
  • There is an additional cost for replacement or repair of this retainer.