Maintain an already straightened smile with our high-quality orthodontic retainers.
What are orthodontic retainers?
Orthodontic retainers are custom-made devices that are used to maintain the position of teeth after orthodontic treatment. They are typically made of clear plastic and are designed to fit snugly over the teeth. Retainers help prevent teeth from shifting back to their original position and preserve the results of your orthodontic treatment.
There are several types of orthodontic retainers available, including Invisalign's Vivera retainers and Essix retainers. Invisalign's Vivera retainers are made from clear plastic and are designed to be virtually invisible when worn. Essix retainers are also made from clear plastic and are removable for easy cleaning. Our team at Andrew Thomas Dental Care can help determine which type of retainer is best suited for your specific needs.
Invisalign Vivera Retainers
Keep your teeth aligned post-Invisalign treatment with our Vivera retainers. Andrew Thomas Dental Care provides these custom-made retainers, ensuring a comfortable fit and lasting results.
How are orthodontic retainers fitted?
Orthodontic retainers are fitted by taking impressions of your teeth. These impressions are used to create custom-made retainers that fit snugly over your teeth. The retainers are then adjusted to enable a comfortable fit. Our experienced team at Andrew Thomas Dental Care will guide you through the fitting process and make sure that your retainer is properly adjusted for maximum effectiveness.
The duration of retainer wear varies depending on individual circumstances and treatment plans. In general, it is recommended to wear your retainer full-time for the first few months after orthodontic treatment, and then gradually transition to wearing it only at night. However, it is important to follow the specific instructions provided by your orthodontist to achieve the best results and maintain the straightness of your smile.
Frequently asked questions
We've compiled a list of common questions about this treatment. If you have any other queries, please get in touch.
- How long do I need to wear my orthodontic retainer?
The duration of retainer wear varies for each individual and depends on the specific treatment plan. In general, it is recommended to wear your retainer full-time for the first few months after orthodontic treatment. After that, your orthodontist may instruct you to gradually transition to wearing it only at night. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist to ensure the best results and maintain the straightness of your smile.
- How do I clean my orthodontic retainer?
To clean your orthodontic retainer, it is recommended to gently brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can also use a retainer cleaning solution or a mild denture cleaner. Avoid using hot water or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the retainer. Remember to rinse the retainer thoroughly after cleaning to remove any residue.
- Can I eat with my orthodontic retainer?
It is generally recommended to remove your orthodontic retainer before eating. This helps to prevent damage to the retainer and allows for easier and more comfortable eating. After eating, make sure to clean your teeth thoroughly before putting the retainer back in place.
- How often should I replace my orthodontic retainer?
The lifespan of an orthodontic retainer can vary depending on the type of retainer and how well it is cared for. In general, it is recommended to replace your retainer every 1-2 years to achieve optimal fit and effectiveness. However, if you notice any signs of wear or if your retainer becomes damaged, it is important to consult with your orthodontist for a replacement.
- What should I do if my orthodontic retainer becomes loose or uncomfortable?
If your orthodontic retainer becomes loose or uncomfortable, it is important to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. They will be able to assess the situation and make any necessary adjustments or repairs to ensure that your retainer continues to fit properly and function effectively.
- Can I wear my orthodontic retainer while playing sports or exercising?
It is generally recommended to remove your orthodontic retainer while playing sports or exercising. This helps to protect the retainer from damage and prevents any potential injuries to your mouth. If you participate in contact sports, it is important to wear a mouthguard for added protection.
- What should I do if I lose or break my orthodontic retainer?
If you lose or break your orthodontic retainer, it is important to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. They will be able to provide guidance on what steps to take next. In some cases, a replacement retainer may need to be made. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist to achieve the best outcome.