Getting your braces off is a great reason to celebrate. Of course, after all that hard work you want to keep your teeth straight and the only way to ensure that they do is to wear a retainer. Since teeth are supported by living tissue, they will continue to move around throughout your life. Because of this you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from becoming crooked after your braces are off. It doesn’t really matter what kind of retainer you wear, as long as you wear one! There are a variety of retainer types available for patients to choose from, including a clear retainer called the Vivera.

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After your braces come off your teeth, you will need to wear your retainer at all times for the first 3-6 months except when you are eating, brushing or flossing your teeth. Once this time is up, generally you will need to wear your retainer only at night for each year that you wore your braces. For example, if you had braces on your teeth for two years then you would need to wear your retainer only at night for two years. In order to keep your teeth as straight as possible, it is recommended that you wear your retainer at night at least three times each week throughout your life. This may sound inconvenient, but it is the very best way to ensure that your teeth remain straight.

To encourage patients to wear their retainers, some dental clinics, such as the Dawson Dental Centres (find your Dawson Dental online), even offer a program called Retainers for Life. What this program does is give patients an Invisalign retainer, called the Vivera, every two years. In order to qualify for programs like these, you need to attend all of your scheduled checkups and cleanings.

The good news is that if your dental benefits covered your braces then they will most likely cover your retainer as well. However, if this is not the case, or if you financed your braces,there are financing plans that most dental clinics offer to help figure out which retainer type will best fit into your budget. There are a lot of options available so that you don’t have to worry about not being able to afford a retainer. After spending so many years with braces, the last thing you want is to have to have them put back on because you didn’t wear a retainer! Keep that perfect smile for the rest of your life by following this simple retainer routine!