Your smile is an important part of who you are and professional orthodontic treatments can go a long way toward helping you to obtain the smile of your dreams. While braces are the most common way to adjust the teeth to their proper position, the process certainly doesn’t end once the appliances come off. In fact, many orthodontists believe that proper correction and retention lasts a lifetime.
Why Are Retainers So Crucial to Long-Term Orthodontic Success?
Once braces are removed, the inclination of the teeth is to move back to their original position, putting you right back where you started. Orthodontists discovered a great solution to the problem – the retainer. Using the retainer, patients can keep their teeth looking great and avoid spending more time and money having their orthodontic treatments repeated in the future. After all, any form of orthodontic treatment is an investment so why risk losing that investment when a solution so readily exists?
Why Choose Vivera Retainers Over Other Alternatives?
Vivera retainers, created by Align Technology, have a number of benefits that make them attractive to both orthodontists and patients alike. Unlike Hawley retainers, Vivera appliances are virtually invisible and are custom-made from thermoplastic instead of metal and thick plastic. Not only does this make them far more comfortable to wear, it also ensures a more exacting fit to promote ease of use as well as efficacy.
Utilizing the same technology that has made Invisalign so very effective and popular, Vivera retainers offer many advantages over other clear retainers as well. Tests have shown that Vivera appliances are up to 30% stronger than their clear counterparts, making these retainers far more durable and able to hold the teeth in their proper location. Additionally, Vivera retainers have even been found to make small corrections to the alignment of the teeth when needed, in the event of minor regression.
What Should You Expect From Your Vivera Retainer?
Vivera retainers come in a set that includes four custom-made appliances. The goal is to provide you with the maximum retention benefits possible. Depending upon your particular situation and needs, you’ll likely need to wear your retainers either full-time or while sleeping. More and more practices, ours included, recommend that use continue for a lifetime so as to prevent any regression that could require significant, expensive further treatment.
How Can You Request Vivera Retainers For Yourself?
Vivera retainers are an excellent retention method for many patients, even for those who have worn traditional metal braces as opposed to Invisalign appliances. If you’re nearing the end of your orthodontic treatment, simply make an appointment with us to discuss your options and mention your interest in Vivera. If, like many of our patients, you are a good candidate for these retainers, an impression will be made of your teeth and the retainers made to fit your smile and your smile alone. After all, the health and beauty of your smile is why we do what we do.