Do I need retainers?
In short, yes. Retainers prevent teeth from gradually shifting back toward their initial position after braces, Invisalign or other clear aligner treatments. The paradigm today is retention is for life – the right retainers and retainer maintenance can protect the investment you’ve made in your smile and save you money in the long run. Every case is different, so ask your doctor if you need retainers.
What makes Vivera retainers different?
Vivera retainers are made by the same team that makes Invisalign clear aligners, so you’ll get the same virtually-invisible look and comfortable, custom-fit that Invisalign aligners are known for. Doctors who have used Vivera are more satisfied with Vivera retainers than with other retainers1 .
Vivera retainers are also 30% stronger and twice as durable as other clear retainers 2, and they typically come in packs of four sets. All of that adds up to a longer lifespan, fewer replacements and re-orders (less hassle), and a great value over time.
Can I use Vivera retainers if I had metal braces?
Yes! Vivera retainers are designed to maintain teeth that have been aligned metal braces, Invisalign aligners, and other clear aligners alike! Vivera retainers can also accommodate lingual bars/wires (also known as a permanent retainer), missing teeth that require an artificial tooth, and bite ramps (also known as turbos or blocks). Ask your doctor if Vivera retainers are right for you.
How much do Vivera retainers cost?
Cost for Vivera retainers can vary depending on your provider. Vivera retainer orders typically include four sets, so you save on the cost of each set, and you'll always have a set handy when you need it. If you don't want four sets at once, speak to your doctor about other options. Ortho insurance may also help cover the cost of Vivera Retainers
Are Vivera retainers included in the cost of orthodontia treatment?
They can be. It depends on your provider and specific situation – talk to your provider to understand how cost works.
How do I get started with Vivera retainers?
Our Smile Concierge Team can help you make an appointment with a Vivera provider near you and answer any additional questions. Many doctors offer free initial consultations. For the best experience, take the time to find the right doctor for you — someone who makes you feel comfortable and has the experience you’re looking for.
Can I go to any dentist or orthodontist for Vivera retainers?
Many orthodontists and dentists offer Vivera retainers, but not all do. Our Smile Concierge Team can help you find a Vivera provider near you.
How do I get fitted for my Vivera retainers?
All Vivera retainers are custom-fit to maximize comfort and results. Ask your doctor about getting a digital scan to be fitted for Vivera retainers. If your teeth were treated with Invisalign aligners, your doctor might be able to use your last scan or impression.
How do I order Vivera retainers?
You can order Vivera retainers through your doctor.
How do I take care of my Vivera retainers?
Talk to your doctor about specific care instructions, but we typically recommend using the Invisalign Aligner Cleaning System, a similar product, or a soft bristle toothbrush with water or a small amount of toothpaste. Rinse each retainer thoroughly with water after each cleaning.
How often will I need to replace my Vivera retainers?
Consult your doctor for specific guidance, but like most retainers, Vivera retainers should be replaced after a period of use. In general, whenever your retainers look cracked, damaged or are showing signs of breakage, it’s time to switch to a fresh new set.
How do I get a new pack of Vivera retainers when I run out?
If you lose, break, or simply run out of your last set of Vivera retainers, just get in touch with your doctor. Your doctor can work with you on purchasing a new set of Vivera retainers, so you can keep showing off that smile!
What if I lose or break my retainer?
With Vivera retainers, you get four sets of retainers, so you’re always ready with a backup.
How long will I have to wear my Vivera retainers?
Ultimately, retention protocols are prescribed by the doctor and can be different for your unique conditions and treatment plan. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how often you need to wear your retainers. An example protocol might include wearing the first set full time, then based on the doctor’s recommendation gradually reducing until retainers are only worn at night or even as few as three nights per week.
Are Vivera retainers right for my child?
Yes! Vivera retainers are custom-fit to every smile and work for adults, teens, and little smiles alike.
Can we use Vivera retainers if my child had braces?
Absolutely! Vivera retainers can work for people who have had a wide variety of treatments, including metal braces, Invisalign and other clear aligners.
How long will my child need to wear retainers?
We know you’ve been through a lot to get here, but because teeth continue to shift throughout life, experts are saying retention is for life. The right retainer and retainer routine will prevent your child’s teeth from shifting back over time and having to start over on braces or aligners. Vivera retainers will help you protect the investment you made in your child’s smile.
Why does my child need four sets of retainers?
It’s no secret to any parent that things sometimes mysteriously break or go missing. With Vivera retainers, there’s always a backup handy so you can skip the ‘drop everything and get to the orthodontist’ moments.
I’m a teen, and I’m wondering if Vivera retainers are right for me?
Yes! Vivera retainers are custom-fit to every smile, and work for adults, teens, and little smiles alike. Plus, they’re virtually invisible and custom-fit for comfort so they won’t get in your way.
Do I have to wear it every night?
Ask your doctor about your specific retainer protocol, but we get it – we’re striving for consistency over years, not perfection. No need to panic if you’ve missed a night, just do your best to stick with the plan your doctor prescribed! In some cases, your doctors might even recommend moving to three nights a week for the long haul to keep your smile looking great.
I had orthodontia treatment a long time ago. Do I still need to wear retainers?
Yes. Teeth continue to shift over time, so experts are saying retention is for life. The right retainer and retainer routine will protect the investment you’ve made in your smile so you won’t have to start over with braces or aligners.
I haven’t worn a retainer in a while. What do I do?
Talk to your provider about what you need to do to protect your smile. If you don’t currently have a provider, get in touch with our Smile Concierge, and a member of our team will help you choose a provider in your area and set up a free consultation.
I can tell my teeth have shifted. What do I do?
Shifting happens, especially if you’ve lapsed with retention. Talk to your provider to evaluate your options. If you don’t currently have a provider, get in touch with our Smile Concierge, and a member of our team will help you choose a provider in your area and set up a free consultation.