Understanding Vivera Retainers: Will They Help After Your Braces?

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What's the best option for you after braces?

What are Vivera retainers, and should you wear them after your orthodontic treatment?

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!

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, so they really shouldn't be considered an optional part of 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. These retainers are ideal after braces and come with easy step-by-step instructions on how and when to wear them. 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 are slightly more expensive than most clear retainers, and the reason for this is the quality and custom fit they offer. They may even correct certain types of relapses that may happen after orthodontic treatment.

The cost of getting these retainers ranges from $400 to over $1,000 for four sets. It may sound a bit steep, but some people are happy to pay more for a solution that provides guaranteed results. Here’s a quick overview of the various kinds of retainers you can opt for, along with the key benefit they offer:

Type of Retainer Approximate Cost Primary Benefits
Vivera $400 - $1000 for 4 sets Made of long lasting materials, very durable, custom-fit
Hawley $150 - $300 Very affordable, more durable than Essix retainers, easy to clean, easy to order online
Essix $50 - $200 per set Last up to 5 years with proper maintenance, easy to take out of mouth while eating, clear and practically invisible
Permanent $150 - $500 each Virtually invisible, impossible to lose, you don’t need to remember to put them in, last for several years

How to order Vivera retainers

The process for ordering these retainers is relatively straightforward:

  1. Notify your dentist that you want Vivera retainers
  2. You may be asked to make an appointment for the scans of your teeth. The results of your scan will be digitally stored in Invisalign’s database. So, for your future orders, barring any dramatic tooth shifting, orders, you won't need to get scans done again.
  3. Post appointment, the retainers will be delivered to your dentist and you can collect them from there.

How long do Vivera retainers last?

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Four sets of Vivera retainers last about three years with good care

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. While other retainers may start deforming in just two months, four sets of these last about three years with good care. To find out more about what patients think about Invisalign, you can read our reviews article.

How to clean Vivera retainers

As you will wear these retainers for a long time to retain your perfect smile, you should take good care of them. 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.

Conclusion

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.

FAQs

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Retainers should normally be worn at night for the rest of your life

For how long should I wear Vivera retainers?

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?

Vivera retainers are purchased through your dentist.

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.

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.

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. 
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ncbi.nlm.nih.gov: Fixed Orthodontic Retainers: A Review. Consulted 14th June 2020 invisalign.com: Vivera Retainers. Consulted 15th June 2020  
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