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.
One of the downsides of Essix retainers are they are fragile and can easily break if not properly cared for. The most common reason retainers break is improper removal. The second most common time retainers are broken is when they are being cleaned.
5 Ways to prevent Dental Retainers from breaking.
Get Essix Plus Retainers– They are two times stronger than standard essix retainers and the same thickness.
Remove Correctly– You want to use one finger on each side when removing the retainers to prevent flexing and twisting the retainers.
Support During Cleaning- When brushing the retainers you don’t want to hold on to one side and brush the other side. You want to support the retainers in your hand or on a towel when brushing the retainers.
Clean Correctly– You do not want to use alcohol based mouthwash with retainers. The alcohol in retainers will dry out and damage the retainers. We recommend using freshguard when cleaning your retainers. We have a video on youtube showing how this is done.
Storage– You want to store your retainers in a case when not in use. You also what to keep away from pets. Dogs are known to eat retainers.
If you properly take care of your retainers they can last for many years. If you retainers have broken please visit SportingSmiles.com for a replacement.
The price of a replacement retainer can vary on where the retainers are purchased from and the type of retainer. There is 3 different types of retainers available.
Hawley Retainers– This type of retainers are also referred to as wire retainers. They are made using metal wire and dental acrylic.
One Hawley Retainer cost $175.00 – $325.00
Permanent fixed retainer– This is a wire that is bonded on the lingual side of the teeth permanently to prevent the teeth from shifting. This is typically done on the lower teeth, but can also be done on the upper. This process has to be done by a dentist. One
Fixed retainer $250.00-$400.00
Essix Clear Retainer– These are the Invisalign type retainers made from 1mm Essix material.One Clear Retainer (SportingSmiles.com) $65.00
One Clear Retainer (from dentist) $150.00 – $300.00
One Clear Retainer (from SportingSmiles.com ) $65.00
The factors in the cost depend mainly on the dentist markup. Dentist with large overhead have a higher markup. Most of the removable retainers are not made in the dentist office, but rather off site at a dental lab. If you’re looking at removing the middle man Upper + Lower can be purchased for less than $100.
Do you have your own molds from your dentist and want to get a replacement retainer made, but can’t find a company to make them? At SportingSmiles.com we can use your existing molds, but there is some stipulations on using outside dental molds.
No Warranty- We can’t warranty outside molds because we don’t know how old they are. The new retainers maybe made perfect, but your teeth may have shifted since the impression was taken.
Damaged Impression- There is a chance your teeth mold can be damaged when the new retainer is being made. We will try our best for this not to happen, but there is a chance this could happen. Dental impressions can dry out in time and there are different qualities in dental stone. Also there is a chance they may get damaged in the mail.
Same Cost- There is no discount on using your existing impression. There is often more work to correct your current impression than there is in making a new one.
Advantages of using our Impression Kit.
Full Warranty- We will warranty the retainers fully to make sure that it fits correctly.
Reorder- SportingSmiles keeps all impression for 1 year. Reorders are at a discounted price.
Easy Impression Process- SportingSmiles have a patented dental impression tray that makes it extremely easy to take an impression. Video instructions are also available.
We recommend using our self-impression kit, but we can use your existing molds to make a retainers. Our different styles of retainers can be seen here:
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
–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.
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
Brush your teeth and make sure your hands are clean.
Adjust the dental tray to the size of your mouth. They are adjustable in width by pulling the two halves of the tray apart. The tray can also be made smaller by snapping off a section(s) of the plastic in the rear of the impression tray. Your teeth should be centered in the tray.
Vigorously mix both parts (A & B) of the impression material together until a uniform color is reached. This step is time sensitive and should be done as quickly as possible (about 20 sec).
The impression material should then be rolled into a 4 to 5 inch tube.
Place impression material uniformly into the tray and firmly push onto your teeth. Confirm that the teeth are evenly settled in the impression material.
It will take about 4 minutes for the material to fully harden. During this time you want to move as little as possible. After 4 minutes the material should feel firm to the touch and the impression can be removed.
Remove tray in a single motion, by pulling either up or down.
Rinse tray and seal in the enclosed bag.
If you are concerned that the impressions isn’t OK, you can send a picture to Info@SportingSmiles.com