Invisalign is designed to move and straighten the teeth in small stages. With Invisalign you typically will have sets of clear aligners that you wear for two weeks at a time then go on to the next set of aligners. This process slowly puts pressure on the teeth moving them to there new position. The amount of aligners depends on how much movement is needed to straighten the teeth. Invisalign uses 1mm clear essix material to create these aligners. After the teeth are straighten, a set of retainers are required to prevent the teeth from going back to their original location.
Clear Essix retainers and designed just to prevent the teeth from shifting. Retainers will not move or straighten you teeth, they will prevent them from shifting further. Retainers are made using 1mm clear essix material the same as Invisalign.
Both Essix retainers and invisalign are made from the same material and are cleaned and taken care for the same. Retainers can last for many years while the invislign aligners are designed to only be used for a short period of time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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