There is no good answer to this question. It’s different per person. With care you can see 2-6 years with your clear essix retainers. There is a few things you can do to extend the life of your retainers.
- Use two hands to remove them from your teeth. The twisting motion of pulling on one side of the retainers will put stress on them and can cause them to crack.
- When cleaning your retainers you want to support them in either your hand or place them on top of a towel on the countertop. This again prevents the twisting motion that can crack the retainers.
- Regular cleaning will help prevent the retainers from yellowing and getting brittle. We recommend using freshguard cleaner twice a week and brushing them after each use. Cleaning instructions can be found Here.
- Storing them in a case way from pets will also help. Pets love to chew on the plastic that the retainer and created from.
If your retainers are cracking regularly you may want to upgrade to the essix plus material. It’s more durable material and will extend the life of the retainers. If you have questions about getting a replacement set of retainers please visit SportingSmiles.com or email us at Info@SportingSmiles.com