The realization that your retainers no longer fit is a very unpleasant experience. After spending thousands of dollars on orthodontic treatment the last thing that you want is to have your teeth shift. I, among many of my peers, did not take my dentist’s advice seriously when he told me that I was going to be wearing my retainers for the remainder of my life. After pulling my retainers out of storage, dusting them off, and then soaking them in hydrogen peroxide for a night I attempted to coax them on my upper teeth. No such luck; the retainers felt as tight as when I first had my braces on! I struggled with my retainers for two weeks, doing my best to deal with the soreness, but in the end the retainers won the battle.
Though the shifting in my teeth was not significant, my experience with my retainers indicates that my teeth are moving and poses the question of how much they will move over time.
One of the first things that we tell our patients when they inquire about Invisalign is that they will need to purchase Vivera retainers at the conclusion of their treatment. It is absolutely vital that these retainers are worn as directed. Vivera is a clear thermoplastic retainer that is designed to be used at the end of your Invisalign treatment. If you have not gone through the Invisalign process it can be made from a PVS impression which means it can be used at the end of any other orthodontic treatment. Unlike many other retainers that may become misshaped or deformed in a matter of months, Vivera uses a series of four sets of retainers. These retainers are then shipped over time and are designed to accommodate each patient’s unique retention needs.
Cedar Cliff Dental Center stands by the Vivera product because it offers our patients a precise, smooth and comfortable fit. If you are thinking about orthodontic treatment Vivera should be your next thought. Treatment requires time, energy and money; don’t let all of that effort go to waste by not investing in these specially designed retainers. And do not forget; retention is for life.