For many people, the moment when they finally remove their braces can be exciting. It’s finally time to enjoy that smile – and rejoice in straight and uncrowded teeth. However, it’s extremely important to prioritize lasting health at this juncture.
After braces come out, orthodontists recommend using a retainer to make sure that teeth stay straight and healthy, and don’t revert to their old ways. For those who have used Invisalign–or even traditional metal braces–it’s a good idea to talk to a dental health professional about Invisalign’s Vivera Retainers.
Why is a Retainer Needed after Braces?
Braces accomplish quite a bit for people’s dental health. They help separate overcrowded teeth, making it harder for food to get jammed in between teeth and cause tooth decay. In addition, braces can even help re-align the jaw to prevent uneven bites and jaw discomfort.
With teeth already looking straighter and healthier, why would you still need a retainer?
According to the American Academy of Orthodontics, retainers are a vital aspect of post-braces health. Because of all the dynamic motions in a mouth–chewing, speaking, biting–teeth can shift and move even after braces (1). Although this can start out very subtly, over time this can reverse a lot of the positive changes made by braces in the first place.
This is where retainers come in. They exert a gentle yet steady pressure to keep the teeth in the position they’re meant to be in. In fact, the AAO confidently states that retainers are the ”best tool available” to prevent teeth from shifting back into old, harmful habits.
Those who’ve already used Invisalign braces will naturally gravitate towards the Vivera model of retainers, though they also work for those who used traditional wire braces. Here’s why Vivera is the clear choice:
1. Less likely to crack
The creators of Vivera retainers performed laboratory studies to gauge Vivera against other clear plastic retainers and found that Vivera materials were twice as durable and 30% stronger than the clear plastics they tested against.
2. Vivera retainers are custom made
With Vivera retainers, there’s no need to worry about comfort or fit. Just like Invisalign braces, Vivera retainers are custom-made for an individual’s smile. When it’s time to get fitted for a retainer, your dental health professional will perform a scan of the patient’s mouth to make sure that they’re getting the perfect fit.
3. They’re the clear choice
When many people think of retainers, they envision huge, wiry contraptions. Luckily, aesthetics are another perk of Vivera. Just like Invisalign braces, Vivera retainers are made of clear plastic to minimize visibility and keep the wearer feeling confident and secure.
What Steps Should People Take after Removing Braces?
1. Get a new scan of mouth. Due to the shifting that occurs as a result of successful braces, it’s necessary to get a new scan of the mouth to get a perfect Vivera fit.
2. Pick up retainers. After the scan, the Vivera retainer will be custom-made. Once it’s done, it will be available for convenient pick-up from the dentist’s office.
3. Keep them safe, secure, and hygienic. It’s recommended to keep the retainer in one specific place to prevent misplacing it. It’s also important to talk to a dentist about how to keep the retainer clean and hygienic.
Braces are an investment for the future. After putting effort, money, and time into using braces, it’s pivotal to respect that investment by getting fitted for a Vivera retainer and using it faithfully.