After your orthodontic treatment is complete, there remains a possibility that your teeth may move back towards their original position. This is called relapse. To stop this happening we use retainers, which are special braces used to keep your teeth in the correct position.
Retainers can be either removable, as a clear Essix type vacuum formed retainer or fixed, a small wire attached to the back of your teeth. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages and our team will advise which type they recommend in your particular circumstances.
If you have had Invisalign treatment you will be provided with 3 sets of upper and lower Vivero retainers
Our team will also help guide you as to how long you will need to wear your retainers.
Retainers are incredibly comfortable as they are not trying to move teeth at all. You may be aware of the fixed type of retainer attached to the back of your teeth but again, after a few days you will no longer notice it.
Our team will advise you as to how long you will need to wear your retainers for but if they are the removable type, there will be a period of time you will need to wear them full time then you will be able to move to night time only. The fixed type stay on as long as they possibly can.
Retainers should be cleaned twice daily when you clean your own teeth if you are wearing them full time. If only wearing at night time then please clean when you remove in the morning and store slightly damp so the material doesn’t dry out and become brittle.