How Long will my Clear Essix Retainers Last?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Storing them in a case way from pets will also help. Pets love to chew on the plastic that the retainer and created from.
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers

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

Why Buy From SportingSmiles?

Easy to Reorder: We keep your impression(s) for one year from the date you placed the order. This means each time you reorder it extends the date for another year. If you lose your device or if your dog eats it you can contact us for a replacement without taking another impression. Not only that but you will get a discount rate!

Equipment: We only use top of the line thermoform machines. Thermoform guards allow for the most exact fitting product.

Return Policy: We guarantee ever product that you make. If for some reason you are unhappy with our product or service we will gladly give you a refund.

Reviews: We have 1000’s of positive reviews on our company and products.

Patented Impression Tray: We have our own patented dental impression tray that takes the guess work out of picking the correct size tray needed to take an impression. This makes it easy for anyone to take their own impression.

Knowledge: We have been a dental lab for over 20 years with a dentist on staff overseeing the process. We are experts in our field and make some of the best dental products available.

Experience: SportingSmiles has been selling removal dental devices online for years. We have made tens of thousands of devices. Our staff is highly trained in how to make your retainers, night guards, whitening trays, or athletic mouth guards. We also can customize that mouth guard with your sport emblem, school color, nationality, almost anything imaginable.

Products: We also sell other products to help maintain your beautiful smile.

Dentist: We have a dentist on staff with 25+ years experience who specializes in removal able dental devices.

How to Clean my Clear Essix Retainers.

If you clean and take care of your retainers they can last many years. Here are the steps to make sure your retainers is clean and fresh.

Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
  1. You want to clean your retainers with a soft bristle tooth brush and non-abrasive (non tarter control, or grit-less) tooth paste after ever use. If tooth paste isn’t available rinse the retainers in water before storing. Avoid cleaning or rinsing your retainer with any store bought mouth wash.
  2. We recommend using Freshguard to clean your retainers. Freshguard is available at most drug stores, or online. If freshguard isn’t available denture cleaning tablets can also be used.
  3. To use Freshguard follow the instruction on the box. Freshguard should be used at least twice a week.

This is the same process for cleaning your invisalign or other orthodontic appliance.

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The Do’s and Do Nots’ of cleaning your Clear Essix Retainer:

Do use a soft bristle tooth brush to clean your retainer.

Don’t use abrasive or tartar control tooth paste. This will scratch and damage the retainers.

Do use Freshguard to rinse your retainer.

Don’t use mouthguard rinse to soak the retainer. The alcohol in the mouthguard will make the retainer brittle.

Do cup the retainer in your hand while brushing, or place it on a towel on the counter.

Don’t twist the retainer while brushing. The twisting motion will flex the retainer causing it to crack.

 

If you clean your retainer from the beginning it will prevent any buildup and or discoloration. After retainers start to discolor it can be difficult to get them back to being clear. If you have questions about cleaning your retainer contact SportingSmiles at Info@SportingSmiles.com

Teeth Whitening Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Teeth Whitening FAQ

Q: How long does the teeth whitening gel last?

A: Our whitening gel has a 2 years shelf life. You want to store the whitening gel at or below room temperature away from direct sunlight. Refrigeration can be used to extend the life of the gel. If the gel gets to hot it will become liquid and will be unusable.

Q: How long do I need to wear my whitening trays?

A: We recommend wearing them for 2 weeks once a day for 15-20 minutes, or until your desired whiteness is reached. You do not want to whiten more than once a day. After the desired shade is reached touch ups can be done as needed.

Q: How much gel should I put in the tray?

A: This answer is different per person depending on your arch size. The typical amount needed is around .5ml per dental tray. If gel is over flowing on to your gums you have to much gel in the tray.  Simply use a Q-tip to wipe away any extra.

Q: I have a crown, bridge, or other dental work. Will this whiten that also?

A: Whitening gel will only work on natural teeth. It will not whiten any dental work, or artificial teeth.

Q: What strength is the gel?

A: Provided in the kit is 35% Carbamide Peroxide bleaching Gel Syringes.

Q: Is teeth whitening safe for my teeth?

A: The process of using dental whitening trays have been around for 20+ years. There is no study that shows any damage due to teeth whitening.

Q: How is whitening trays different than using zoom (laser) or whitening strips?

A: Laser whitening works great to whiten your teeth, but is expensive and will only last for a couple months. After the whitening is done there is no way to do touch ups. Whitening strips are around 7% peroxide and don’t come is full connect with your teeth. With our whitening trays the gel is 35% and cover the teeth fully.

Q: How long will my whitening trays last?

A: Whitening trays can last forever if you clean them and don’t chew on them while whitening.