We maintain your result by following the principles of “Retention For Life”. Meaning that as long as you want straight teeth – you have to keep them in place. If possible, the most optimal solution is to retain with both a fixed and removable retainer.
Here is a quick summary of advantages/disadvantages of the different methods which you should consider upon starting your treatment.
Positive : Aesthetic, keeps all teeth in place, easy to maintain good hygiene, prevents tooth wear, can be used for whitening.
* We only use Invisaligns Vivera retainers and not ordinary removable retainers from ordinary dental technicians. Vivera retainers cost more, but have a higher quality. This is not a problem for our patients since they are included in the treatment.
Negative : Requires a motivated patient (especially the first 6 months), may be lost.
Positive : Always sits in place and good if you think you might forget the removable one.
Negative : Slight increase in maintenance, may affect oral hygiene, active unwanted movement of teeth may occur if it loosens, mainly holding the front teeth in place, may temporarily change bite if there is little room for it due to a tight bite.
Removable retainer holds all the teeth in place and not just the front teeth, and is therefore the recommended option no matter your case type. However, a removable retainer requires a highly motivated patient. The ideal solution is thus a combination of both fixed and removable retention.
We do not recommend choosing a bonded retainer instead of a removable retainer. Then rather use both.
With Fixed + Vivera Retainer
Only Vivera Retainer
In both scenarios your three Vivera Retainers are rotated on a monthly basis. Meaning for example; number 1 in January, number 2 in February, number 3 in March and then back to number 1 in April – so that they all maintain the same rigidity.