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.

Why have a backup pair of Dental Retainers?

We have many customers that order 2 sets of retainers from us, or already have a set of retainers and are looking for a spare\backup pair. We recommend this for anyone that has retainers.

Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers

Here are a couple reasons why:

  1. Reorder Second Pair: We give about a 30% discount on getting an additional set.
  2. Retainers are fragile: A downside of essix retainers is that they are fragile and can crack. Instead of having to be in a rush to get a new set. It’s nice to have a second available.
  3. Cheap insurance: You may have paid thousands of dollars to have your teeth straighten. During the time when you’re looking for your old retainers or getting a replacement your teeth can shift.
  4. Dogs: Dogs love to eat retainers. We get 5-6 calls every week saying the dog ate their retainers. It would be nice to have a spare pair in case this happens to you.
  5. Clear: Having clear retainers is great for making them virtually invisible while on your teeth, but this feature makes them easily accidently thrown out.
  6. Cost: If you are in a rush to get replacement retainers and have to go to a dentist it can cost $300 – $600. For less than $100 you can get a replacement set from SportingSmiles.com

Having your teeth straightened is an expensive and painful process. You want to make sure that your teeth stay as straight as possible and a set of backup retainers is a cheap way to insure your teeth don’t shift back to their old location if anything happens to your retainers.

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Dental retainers after Goody Bands or Ortho fill have been used to close a Gap between teeth.

We have made many retainers for customers who have moved their teeth using goody bands, ortho fill, or other orthodontic band to close a gap between their two front teeth (diastema).

Using retainer to close gap between teeth
Using retainer to close gap between teeth

We always recommend having a dentist involved any time you are moving teeth, but if you are using the bands to close your teeth you want to get a retainer after the gap has been closed.This is the same for any proper orthodontic procedure

If you use goody bands or other bands to close a gap and you don’t use a retainer afterward the teeth will want to spring back to their original location. This is called elastic memory.

Upper + Lower Dental Retainers
Upper + Lower Dental Retainers

Our custom retainers require taking an impression of your teeth. You want to make sure that your teeth are in the position that you like when you take the impression. When taking the impression you want to watch our video and make sure that you don’t have the bands on when taking the impression.  While the retainer is being created you want to maintain the position of your teeth and not close the gap any further.

Teeth sensitivity pain after teeth whitening.

It’s not uncommon to have teeth sensitivity or burning gums after teeth whitening. There are techniques and products to help reduce the discomfort that some people experience during teeth whitening.

Techniques:

  1. You want to use custom fit whitening trays. Custom whitening trays help to keep the whitening gel away from the gums, since the trays are custom fit less whitening gel is needed.
  2. Quality gel: You want to buy quality gel that is made in the USA. There should be an MSDS sheet available for the whitening gel.
  3. You want to fill the trays correctly. Over filling is the most common cause of sensitivity and white burning gums. When using custom whitening gel you want to use around .5ml per tray. A small bread should be applied on the lower front of the teeth.
  4. Wipe away extra gel. If any gel does come on the gums you want to wipe it away as quickly as possible. A q-tip or tissue can be used.
  5. Whitening Time: You only need to wear your trays for 10-15 mins. The gel loses its effectiveness after about 15 mins.

Products:

Remineralization (remin) gel will help to relieve any “zing” or burning sensation after whitening. After whitening you want to rinse and dry the whitening trays. The remin gel can then be placed in the whitening tray.

If you are still experience discomfort there is lower percentage whitening gels available. It will take longer to reach your desired whiteness, but will not cause as much tooth sensitivity.

Instructions on How to Use Custom Whitening Trays

Custom whitening trays are the best solution for whitening your teeth, but you want to make sure you are using them properly to maximize their effectiveness.

Home Teeth Whitening
Sporting Smiles Home Teeth Whitening

You want to make sure you are using high quality whitening gel that is made in the USA. Stay away from whitening gel made in China. There is no FDA regulation on what they put in their gel and can be ineffective by the time it reaches the USA due to the extreme temperature changes during overseas shipping. Good whitening gel has an MSDS sheet available.

  1. To use the whitening trays you first want to brush your teeth.
  2. You want to fill the whitening trays. You want to fill the lower front of the tray with a small bead of whitening gel. (Typical amount is .5ml per tray)
  3. If any gel squeezes out of the trays you want to wipe it off of the gums.
  4. You want to wear the whitening trays for about 10-15mins. After 15mins the whitening gel loses its effectiveness and wearing any longer will be ineffective.
  5. There will be foaming of the gel. You want to spit out any foam while whitening.
  6. After 10-15mins you want to rinse both your mouth and whitening trays.
  7. Whitening trays can be cleaned with a soft bristle tooth brush and cleaning solution can be used to keep the whitening trays fresh.

You only want to whiten your teeth once a day. Whitening gel should be stored in a cool location and kept away from direct sun light. After you reach your desired whiteness you can then stop whitening.  The advantage of custom whitening trays is that you can do touch up’s at any time and custom whitening trays can last for many years, if properly cared for.

Many people multitask and will whiten their teeth as get ready and shower in the morning. If you have any questions about custom whitening trays or how to use whitening gel please contact SportingSmiles with any questions.

Cleaning Dental Retainers & Invisalign clear retainers

These instruction are designed for clear Essix retainers, but can also be used for Invisalign clear retainers.

You want to rinse the retainer in luke-warm water.  Using a soft bristle tooth brush and a non-abrasive tooth paste brush the guard softly. While brushing the guard you want to be careful not to crack the retainer. It works well to cup the retainer in your other hand while cleaning. This type of cleaning should be done regularly with your retainer.

For a deep clean we recommend using Fresh Guard soakfresh-guard-soak-cleaner. It’s made by Efferdent and can be found at most drug stores and large department stores.  Its normally less than 10$ for 24 packets and always seems to be printable coupons online.  After you brush your retainers. You want to pour one of the fresh guard packets in a cup of warm water. Then place your retainers in the solution for about 5 minutes. You will know the cleaning process is over by the Fresh Guard will change from a blue color to clear. When the solution turns clear you want to remove the retainers right away. Don’t leave the retainers in the solution longer than ten minutes. After removing rinse thoroughly and you retainer should be clear and clean.

How not to clean your retainers.

  1. Don’t soak in mouthwash. Mouthwash contains alcohol. The alcohol will dry out the retainer and damage it.
  2. Don’t use diluted bleach water. We have heard people using this method and it’s also not good for the retainers and can permanently give them a bleach taste.

If you have questions about cleaning your retainer or getting replacement retainers please contact SportingSmiles

Why Aren’t My Teeth Whitening?

Here are some factors on why your whitening gel isn’t working.

1. Quality of the Gel: Not all gel is equal. You want to make sure you have quality gel that is purchased from the USA and has a MSDS sheet (material safety data sheet). This shows the ingredients and that it is coming for a reputable manufacture.

2. Storage conditions: Whitening gel is susceptible to heat and direct sunlight. Before you received your whitening gel it might have been exposed to extreme heat while being shipped on a cargo ship, train, or truck. Make sure that you are buying from a reputable seller who knows how the gel got to them from the manufacturer.

3. Teeth Shade: All teeth will whiten, but teeth have a natural color that they will max out at. When you see some celebrities with extremely white teeth they most likely have veneers on top of their natural teeth.

4. Life Span: Some whitening gels only have a shelf life of 6 months. The whitening gel might have been in a warehouse or in storage months before you received the gel. SportingSmiles whitening gel has a 2 year shelf life and is purchased every month directly from the manufacturer.

5. Usage: To maximize effectiveness of whitening gel you want to use a custom made whitening gel with reservoirs.

Home Teeth Whitening
Sporting Smiles Home Teeth Whitening

The reservoirs add a small pocket for more whitening gel to come in contact with the teeth.

If you have any questions on how to whiten your teeth contact SportingSmiles.