There is a common misconception that once braces are removed, orthodontic treatment is complete. However, there is no guarantee your teeth will always remain as perfect as the day your braces came off. In fact, the teeth, like any other organ of your body, constantly change as you grow older. Even people, who had “perfect” teeth when they were young, often find their teeth moving as they age.
We don’t know for sure if the teeth will move, but it is easier to keep them straight with the use of retainers than to re-straighten them after they have shifted.
Retention after braces
After the completion of orthodontic braces treatment, it is essential to follow up with orthodontic retainers to ensure longevity and stability of the results. After a few years in retainers, the tooth arrangement should be reasonably stable; although corrected dental and skeletal problems all have varying tendencies to “rebound”. Crossbites and crowding treated with extractions, are usually very stable; however, adults with crowded lower front teeth, are especially unstable. Like people who always have to wear eye glasses, some teeth need retention forever.
After approximately two years of retainer wear you enter into the post-retention period. Visits are usually on an “as needed” basis. Unless you were told that your problem was particularly unstable, you may find that you only need to wear your retainers 2 or 3 nights a week. If lost or broken, you may decide a new retainer is not needed. Keep a close eye on your teeth, if you see rotations, space, or crowding developing which concerns you, you should contact your orthodontist before things get too bad.
Retention That Works, Vivera Retainers
Vivera retainers were created to fit into your busy lifestyle. They lock in your beautiful smile invisibly allowing you to be confident and comfortable wearing them at any time, day or night. And once you enroll in the Vivera retainer program, you will not need molds in the future (unless you have dental restorations).
Comfort Through Technology
Unlike other traditional clear retainers, Vivera retainers are made with the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign® aligners, and use 3-D digital imaging, proprietary thermoplastic material and advanced fabrication technology. This creates a strong retainer with an extremely precise fit and smooth finish that grips firmly and feels comfortable.
Occasionally, retainers can get lost, broken, or left behind. Once you’re enrolled in the Vivera retainer program, our state-of-the-art digital processing provides you with the ability to have replacements made without a time-consuming office visit or additional impressions. You can even have retainers shipped directly to you-so you can maintain your beautiful smile, without disrupting your busy lifestyle.
Regardless of the technique Dr. Bisbas used to straighten your teeth, Vivera can be used as your retainer. Vivera can be used with both Invisalign system patients or any other orthodontic patients.