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You invested time and energy into creating a radiant new smile. Let’s work together to protect it.

The Purpose of Retainers

Without retainers, your newly aligned teeth may slowly shift back to their original positions, a common phenomenon known as orthodontic relapse. To protect the investment you made in your dental health, we recommend wearing your retainers regularly to maintain your beautiful smile. Many factors influence the length of time that you’ll need to wear them each day, but a good rule of thumb is to wear your retainers enough to keep them fitting comfortably.  Depending on your orthodontic goals and personal lifestyle, we will suggest one of the following two types of retainers.

The Convenience of Fixed Retainers

Fixed retainers, also known as permanent retainers, are made of a flexible stainless steel wire that is bonded to the backside of the front four or six teeth. They are great if you want to simply “set it and forget it.” Since this type of retainer is permanently glued to your teeth, you won’t ever have to worry about losing it or forgetting to wear it.

The Power of Vivera Retainers

After you have completed your orthodontic treatment, we want your transition to retainers to be as seamless and easy for you as possible. That’s why we offer Vivera retainers, created with the same innovative technology used to make Invisalign. We use a digital impression of your teeth or the data from any Invisalign stage to custom make these high-quality retainers. As a result, your retainers will fit your teeth perfectly.

While other clear retainers wear down and soften over time, you can count on the strength of Vivera retainers because they are created with a state-of-the-art thermoplastic material that is 30 percent stronger than traditional retainers. Their durability also means they are less likely to crack or break. Investing in a yearly subscription to Vivera is the easiest and most cost-effective way to maintain your perfect smile. Contact us to learn more about how Vivera retainers can improve and protect your dental health.

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