What are Vivera retainers, and should you wear them after braces?
Vivera retainers are Invisalign's brand of clear post-aligner retainers, and you can have them whether or not you get your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. But with all of the options available, is this the best choice for you?
In this guide, we answer the following questions:
- What are Vivera retainers?
- How much do they cost?
- How do you order them?
- How long do they last?
- How do you clean them?
We hope this information helps you make the best decision for your newly straightened smile!
Table of contents
- 1 What are Vivera retainers?
- 2 How long do Vivera retainers last?
- 3 How to clean Vivera retainers
- 4 Conclusion
- 5 FAQs
What are Vivera retainers?
Vivera retainers are a clear type of tooth retainer, meant to be worn after you finish your treatment with braces or aligners. Research suggests that retainers are critical to maintaining that confident and beautiful smile after you’ve had your braces removed or undergone orthodontic treatment.
These clear retainers from Invisalign are made with state-of-the-art technology to literally retain your perfect smile. To get them, you don’t need to make impressions of your teeth. Instead, Invisalign uses its latest 3D imaging technology to create a custom and precise fit for you. While the instructions for the number of hours of required wear may vary from person to person, usually they are meant to be worn at night and a few hours during the day, at least at the beginning.
Here's a fun video that introduces Vivera retainers:
How much do Vivera retainers cost?
Invisalign Vivera retainers cost slightly more than most clear retainers, due to their durability and ability to correct slight relapses that may happen after orthodontic treatment.
The cost of getting these retainers ranges from $400 to over $1,000 for four sets. Here’s a quick overview of the various kinds of retainers you can opt for, along with the key benefit they offer:
How to order Vivera retainers
The process for ordering a Vivera retainer after Invisalign or any other orthodontic braces is relatively straightforward:
- Notify your dentist that you want Vivera.
- You may be asked to make an appointment for the scans of your teeth. The results of your scan will be stored in Invisalign’s database, so for future orders, you won't need to get scans done again. (Unless your teeth have moved a lot).
- Post appointment, the retainers will be delivered to your dentist and you can collect them from there.
How long do Vivera retainers last?
Since these retainers are made from tougher thermoplastic material and manufactured with the latest technology, they are meant to last longer than standard options. The thermoplastic material is 30% stronger than other leading retainers like Essix and Hawley retainers. With Vivera retainers you will rarely encounter cracking or breaking. Four sets of these last about three years with good care before you'll need an Invisalign retainer replacement. To find out more about what patients think about Invisalign, you can read our reviews article.
How to clean Vivera retainers
You can use mouthwash and lukewarm water to gently clean the retainers while rubbing with your fingers. Cleaning Viviera retainers with toothpaste and brush might be too harsh as they are strong but not as hard as your tooth’s enamel. Toothpaste is usually too abrasive for cleaning retainers.
For more information on how to clean your retainers, you can read our detailed guide here.
After orthodontic treatment, it’s normal to have to wear retainers regardless of what teeth straightening treatment you may undergo. Retainers ensure that the treatment you invested in doesn’t relapse in a short period of time.
There are many kinds of retainers available, and Vivera retainers from Invisalign are a popular option. They are manufactured using the latest technology and with proper care, you can ensure they last a long time.
How much are Invisalign retainers?
Invisalign retainers cost between $400 and $1,000 on average for four sets. The initial payout is pricey, but when you consider that you are getting four sets of top and bottom retainers, made from long-lasting materials, it may very well be worth it.
For how long should I wear the Vivera retainer?
Just as with any post-orthodontic treatment with retainers, you'll probably need to wear these retainers for the rest of your life. Usually, after a few months of wearing them, you'll be able to switch over to nighttime wear only.
Where do I buy Vivera retainers?
You can buy Vivera retainers through your dentist. Many people opt for these Invisalign retainers after Invisalign orthodontic treatment, but you can also get a Vivera retainer even if you had regular braces.
Will Vivera retainers fit my mouth?
All Vivera retainers are fitted to your exact smile. Your dentist will scan or make an impression of your teeth for the perfect fit. Then your scans will be stored in Invisalign's database so if you need replacement retainers, you won't need additional scans.
How do I clean Vivera retainers?
Rinse your retainer with warm water and soak in warm water mixed with mouthwash or a cleaner made for dentures. Don't brush them with your toothbrush and toothpaste as you might damage them, and don't wash them with hot water.
What are the benefits of Vivera retainers?
Vivera retainers offer many benefits over other clear retainers:
- According to Invisalign, Vivera retainers are 30% stronger than other retainers. This makes them more durable and better at keeping your teeth aligned.
- They are lab-tested to last longer than other retainers.
- They are smooth and comfortable with little irritation to the lips and mouth. This is mainly due to 3D imaging technology that creates a perfect fit.
- These retainers from Invisalign can be reordered easily, as your 3D imaging is digitally stored for future reference so no additional appointments for impressions and imaging are needed.
- They do not affect your speech.