As an orthodontist, no one knows the importance of retainers more than I. Retainers can be utilized for a number of reasons, including before and after orthodontic treatments, following surgery, or to make minor adjustments in the alignment of your teeth. In fact, the vast majority of individuals who undergo orthodontic treatment will, at some point, wear retainers.
When it comes to retainers, as with most things, there are options. Hawley retainers were once the most commonly used appliances and consisted of a thick piece of plastic with clasps and wires embedded within. The clasps were used to anchor the retainer to the teeth with the wires working to retain the proper alignment. While there is no denying that Hawley retainers have their advantages, there is another type of retainer that has quickly surpassed them in popularity and functionality; these are the Vivera retainers.
When my patients require retainers, Vivera retainers are my go-to appliances in most cases. While there is no denying that retainers need to be functional and effective in order to serve their purpose, I also believe that my patients deserve appliances that are comfortable and easy to wear as well. This is the balance that the Vivera retainer strives to and, in many ways, succeeds in finding.
Vivera retainers have been shown to be quite effective at providing the required retention. Whether they are prescribed for full-time use or for nightly wear, it is important to follow the guidelines provided. This is no different than any other type of retainer. To see results, you have to use them.
Vivera retainers are also highly durable and a good choice to protect from daytime teeth grinding. Many materials used to create retainers tend to become misshapen with time, particularly when the retainer is worn throughout the day, every day. Vivera retainers, on the other hand, are composed of thermoplastic materials that are resilient and able to protect your smile long-term. The material is, not only long-lasting, but also strong. It can both hold the teeth in place as well as correct minor relapses in alignment if they occur, a quality that many other clear retainers do not possess.
Perhaps one of the biggest advantages, at least to the wearer, is the virtual invisibility of the retainer. Unlike the Hawley appliance, Vivera retainers are completely clear retainers, making them both effective as well as subtle in appearance. Wearing a retainer is often a long-term, even a life-time, requirement. For this reason, I as an orthodontist believe in providing the best, most desirable options to my patients.