We offer Vivera retainers at Loudoun Orthodontics, but some may wonder why we pair the two together. The reason for this is that each type of treatment works best when worn correctly and consistently daily, which can be challenging with busy schedules or the struggles of everyday life. Retainers are required even with Invisalign. Invisalign’s branded retainer, Vivera®, is different from traditional appliances and specifically designed for use with Invisalign braces.
The Vivera retainer is designed to correct any remaining alignment issues after completing your Invisalign treatment. It’s an excellent choice for those looking for a more permanent solution, as it can be worn continuously for up to two years. Plus, they don’t look like the traditional wired retainers—it’s comfortable and practically invisible!
Do I Need to Wear a Retainer after My Treatment Is Over?
If you want to keep your teeth in their new, perfect alignment, then the answer is YES! Ideally, you will need to wear a retainer every night for the rest of your life.
The Vivera retainer is a modern retainer worn like a mouthguard and gently pushes teeth back into place. It is custom-made to fit your mouth and is made of soft, flexible plastic.
What Are Invisalign Retainers?
Invisalign® retainers straighten your teeth without wires and brackets by using clear, customized, removable aligners. Almost no one will notice you are getting your teeth straightened because they are virtually undetectable. Our clinic also offers Invisalign therapy for adults and teens as an alternative to braces and brackets while developing spectacular, confident smiles.
With Invisalign, your teeth are moved in a series of small steps to the final position prescribed by Dr. Lee. Each aligner is worn for a week to ten days (22 hours a day) and only removed when eating, brushing, and flossing. Your teeth will begin to move gradually as each alignment tray is swapped out for the next until the final, confident smile you want is achieved.
Wearing a Vivera Retainer after Invisalign
Even with the most advanced technology, there is one thing braces and aligners cannot fix. When your aligners are removed, your teeth will attempt to drift back to their original positions. For your teeth to stay in their new positions, your body needs time to generate new bone and tissue. As a result, you may need to wear a retainer for the rest of your life.
What Is the Difference between Vivera Retainers and Invisalign Retainers?
Invisalign retainers have a transparent plastic design and work much like the Invisalign treatment. They go between your teeth and align them back into their positions once the aligners are removed. Vivera® retainers, on the other hand, are designed to be worn continuously for up to two years after treatment.
The Vivera retainer is 30% stronger and twice as durable as other leading transparent retainer materials. In fact, it is the #1 preferred brand among doctors who have tried it.
Why Do I Have 4 Vivera Retainers?
You receive four sets of new, strong retainers (eight appliances in total) once you purchase Vivera retainers to ensure that you always have a backup.
In comparison to traditional retainers, you will pay less per appliance. Vivera retainers are also more durable and less prone to damage, which is why you will spend less money on replacements. Vivera retainers are very affordable in the long run compared to other retainers.
How Long Do Vivera Retainers Last?
Your Vivera retainers can last for several years if you take good care of them. They’re designed for durability as they’re made of thicker material than the aligners. Still, even the best retainers tend to wear down. Don’t worry though, if you need new Vivera retainers, the replacement process will be easy because the information from your original digital scans is on file in your orthodontist’s office. So printing out a new 3D print for you will be quick.
How Often Do I Have to Clean Vivera Retainers?
Notice white spots on your retainers? They’re mostly hardened bacteria and food particles. It is essential to clean your Vivera retainers as soon as you take them out of your mouth–use a toothbrush to clean the retainers with a bit of dish soap and some warm water or soak them in mouthwash.
You can find crystals, tablets, foams, and sprays specifically designed for more thorough cleaning. Contact your orthodontist for suggestions.
What Is the Cost of Vivera Retainers?
Vivera retainers cost more than traditional retainers. However, the fact that it includes four sets of retainers–eight appliances in total–means you’re paying less per appliance than you would for single traditional retainers that you would replace often. In addition, Vivera retainers are more durable and less likely to damage. As a result, Vivera retainers are a very affordable option in the long run.
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Invisalign treatments are a great way to straighten your smile without using traditional braces. However, teeth won’t stay in their new positions if other means do not support them. If you want your teeth to remain in their corrected positions after treatment, make sure to wear Vivera retainers as suggested by your orthodontist. Vivera retainers cost less, get eight appliances in total, and are more durable than Invisalign.
Wearing and caring for your Vivera retainers properly will ensure that your smile remains dazzling for years to come. Reach out today to book a free, easy consultation at our friendly office providing Invisalign in Lansdowne, VA! We also invite you to keep up with our blog to get answers to many of the frequently asked questions about maintaining sparkling oral health!