It’s tough to choose the right retainer after you’ve gotten your teeth straightened. But not as tough as the material used to make Vivera retainers.
Vivera is known as one of the most durable and effective retainers on the market, all for a comparably affordable cost.Creative Commons
What Is A Vivera Retainer?
The Vivera Retainer is a product from Invisalign that’s meant to maintain teeth that have been aligned. Regardless of how your teeth were aligned, Vivera is built to keep your smile straight for a long time.
It’s a clear removable retainer that’s thicker and tougher than the typical Invisalign aligner. This would be a type of retainer after braces, so instructions on when and for how long to wear it will be given to you. Usually, it will be at nights only or a few hours a day.
Vivera retainers are made using 3D imaging, thermoplastic material, and Invisalign’s proprietary technology. This is the only retainer on the market that doesn’t require you to put your teeth into a pile of nasty glop.
If you choose to go with Vivera, you’ll get a set of four clear retainers that will keep your teeth straight.
Vivera Retainers Cost
Vivera Retainers are a bit more expensive than typical clear retainers you’d get after taking braces off. But there’s a good reason for that.
Vivera is good for both Invisalign customers and non-customers. They can make your custom retainer from either your last Invisalign clear aligner or from a dental impression (for non-customers).
To get all of this, the cost varies from $400 to more than $1,000 for four sets of retainers. And you can get started right on Invisalign’s website.
How Long Do Vivera Retainers Last?
Because Vivera retainers are made of much tougher material (including advanced fabrication technology) they last longer than other clear retainers.
The Align Lab found that the Vivera retainers — thanks to the thermoplastic material — are 30% stronger than the leading retainers. And it’s because of that strength that they’re able to do such a good job at keeping your teeth in place for the long-run.
Other clear plastic retainers start deforming or cracking after just two months, much less time than Vivera Retainers, which can last about 3 years between all four sets.
How To Clean Vivera Retainers?
Because retainers are something you’ll be wearing for a long time (maybe you’re whole life), you’ll want to take good care of them. That way, they’ll last as long as possible.
The first and most important thing is to clean your retainer. Wash it with lukewarm water and gentle soap, softly rubbing it with your fingers. You can also soak it in a denture cleaner.
Do not brush it like you would your teeth — toothpaste and a toothbrush can be too harsh for it.
Vivera vs Essix Retainers
The Essix Retainer is another type of post-braces retainer. They are much thinner and less durable than Vivera Retainers.
An Essix Retainer can last about 3 years if you take good care of it, similar to Vivera. And the price is similar too: Essix can cost between $200 and $800 for one and four sets respectively.
- A Vivera Retainer is a clear aligner that you’d wear after getting your teeth straightened, whether by braces, with Invisalign’s program, or any teeth-straightening method.
- When you consider what comes with a Vivera purchase — four sets of retainers — the price tag of $275 is very good compared to other retainers on the market.
- Vivera Retainers can last about 3 years if you keep them clean and protected.
- The best way to clean your Vivera Retainer is to use gentle dish soap and lukewarm water, scrubbing with your fingers to remove any bacteria and saliva before it hardens.
- Essix Retainers can last as long as Vivera Retainers, but they will cost you much more — close to four times more.