Removable retainers

MAINTAINING YOUR STRAIGHT SMILE

How do orthodontic retainers work?

 

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Orthodontic retainers help you maintain your current smile the way it is. Essentially, orthodontic retainers stabilize your teeth so that they don't shift and become crooked again. You're supposed to start wearing your orthodontic retainers as soon as you finish your braces or clear aligner treatment. Otherwise, your teeth slowly shift back to their pre-treatment position over time. In fact, sometimes this relapse is so bad that you have to redo your entire ortho program. Thus, be sure to wear your retainers as soon as you finish braces or clear aligner therapy as per your dentist's instructions.

WEAR YOUR RETAINERS OR ELSE ...

How often do I need to wear my orthodontic retainers?

You should start wearing your retainers as soon as you finish any type of orthodontic treatment. This applies to both braces and clear aligner treatment. Your teeth are the most vulnerable to shifting and relapsing right after completion of orthodontic treatment. Wearing your retainers can make a big difference in the long run. Be sure to wear you clear aligners according to your dentist's recommendation. Here's what most dentists usually recommend:

  • Some dentists recommend that you wear your retainers all the time
  • Sometimes your dentist recommends 24-hours a day wear for the first few months and then night time wear beyond that
  • Other times your dentist might recommend that you wear your retainers only at night times from the start

You should wear your retainers based on your dentist's specific recommendation. Otherwise, you risk your teeth shifting back to their pre-treatment position which means saying bye-bye to your straight smile!

CLEAR RETAINERS, WIRE RETAINERS & FIXED RETAINERS

What are the different types of orthodontic retainers?

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There are 3 basic types of orthodontic retainers, which are:

  1. Clear (Essix) retainers
  2. Hawley retainers
  3. Fixed wire retainers

Clear retainers (Essix retainers)

Clear retainers, known as Essix retainers, are made from firm plastic which holds your teeth in their current position. These retainers actually look similar to the invisible aligners which move your teeth during clear aligner therapy. Clear Essix retainers are the least visible type of retainers. Plus, they are the most comfortable retainer as well. However, clear retainers lose their effectiveness over the years which means you need to replaced them with new ones every few years.

Hawley retainers (Essix)

Hawley retainers are include a wire which holds your front teeth attached to a resin base. The biggest benefit of Hawley retainers is that they don't lose their effectiveness over time. You only need to replace your Hawley retainer if the wire breaks or if you lose them. On the flip side, Hawley retainers are a bit bulkier and thus more difficult to wear, especially as compared to clear Essix retainers. Consequently, many patients find themselves not using their Hawley retainers after a few years once their orthodontic treatment is complete.

Fixed wire retainers

Fixed retainers are made from a special ortho wire which is directly attached to the inside surface of your front teeth. The reason it's called a fixed retainers is because you can't remove these retainers from your mouth by yourself. Fixed retainers are very effective at keeping your teeth from shifting. At the same time, they make it very difficult to clean your front teeth. As a result, fixed retainers are reserved only for cases with the highest possibility of orthodontic relapse or for those who fail to wear their removable retainers. Generally, clear Essix retainers and Hawley retainers are both preferred over fixed retainers for the majority of orthodontic patients.

A LOT LESS THEN REDOING YOUR ORTHO!

How much do orthodontic retainers typically cost?

Retainers are actually a bit more expensive as comparable to other custom dental devices. This is because there is quite a bit of labor involved in making orthodontic retainers. Plus, orthodonic retainers always come as an upper and lower set, which doubles their cost. If you lose your retainers, break them or notice that they aren't fitting as well, then you should buy a new set. Your teeth will start shifting to their pre-orthodontic position if you don't wear your retainers. Don't forget redoing your ortho treatment will cost much more than a new set of retainers does! Plus, we're pretty sure you don't want to have to repeat your ortho treatment 5 years from now. So be sure to wear your retainers and replace them when it's time to do so.

BUY ONLINE, PICKUP AT YOUR LOCAL DENTIST

Even28 orthodontic retainers

Do you need a new set of retainers? We don't judge! Maybe you lost your old set? Or the dog ate them? Either way, we have good news for you: You can now purchase your orthodontic retainer online directly from your Even28 dentist. Simply visit your dentist's Even28 online store to purchase a new set of retainers. Here's some of the reasons to purchase your next set of retainers directly from your dentist on their Even28 online store:

  • Options: You can buy either a clear Essix retainers or a resin/wire Hawley retainers. 
  • Know the exact cost: The price of our Essix retainers and Hawley retainers are all listed on your dentist's Even28 online store. This way, you know exactly how much you're going to spend on your next set of retainers. Maybe now you'll finally stop losing them!
  • Dentist visit is now optional, not mandatory: Save yourself a trip to the dentist by ordering our online impression kit. Here's how it works: We send an impression kit directly to your home. Simply take your own impressions and send it back to us. You won't have to visit your dentist until your retainers are ready. We can send your retainers directly to you or to your dentist. Of course, you still have the option of having your dentist do all the work for you. But for those of you who are too busy to visit the dentist, our online impression kit can save you a few dental visits.
  • Don't make any sacrifices: When you buy your new retainer from your dentist's Even28 online store, you get the full support of your local dentist. This includes any and all fitting and adjustment appointments required to make sure your retainers are a perfect fit.

Ready to get your new set of retainers before it's too late? Here's how you can buy your new retainers from your dentist's Even28 online store:

  • STEP 1: Purchase your new retainers. Decide if you want clear Essix retainers or Hawley retainers from your dentist's Even28 online store.
  • STEP 2: We'll ship out an impression kit directly to your home. Simply follow the instructions and take your own impressions. Find it too difficult to take your own impressions? You're always welcome to visit your Even28 dental office and have your Even28 dentist give you a hand.
  • STEP 3: Return your completed impressions back to us in the return package provided for your convenience.
  • STEP 4: We'll make you a set of perfect fitting orthodontic retainers in our lab. All you have to do now is to call and schedule your dental appointment to pick up your new retainers from your Even28 dentist. We can also ship it directly to your home and you can go have the adjusted when you have a bit more time. It's your choice.

Purchasing orthodontic retainers can be tricky. There's a good chance you'll get grossly overcharged for them. However, when you purchase your retainers from your dentist's Even28 online store, you know the exact cost of your new retainers. This way, there are no surprises, no hidden costs and no extra visits! Plus, you still get the full support of your dentist who will make sure that your new retainers fit and work exactly the way they're supposed to. Don't slack off another day! Once your teeth move too much it's too late! Find an Even28 provider near you and purchase your new set of retainers directly on their Even28 online store:

Definition of Even28 Dental Terminology

ATHLETIC MOUTH GUARD (SPORT GUARDS)

An athletic mouth guard is a dental device used to prevent injury to your mouth during sport activities. There are two basic types of athletic mouth guards: (a) over-the-counter athletic mouth guards which can be purchased from your local drug store or online;  (b)custom athletic mouth guards made by your dentist to fit precisely to your mouth. Custom athletic mouth guards provide a better fit, more comfort and better protection of your teeth and gums against injury. Additionally, custom athletic mouth guards help reduce your chances of sustaining a concussion during serious sport injuries.

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ATTACHMENTS (BUTTONS)

Attachments, or buttons, are tiny white fillings which dentists place on your teeth. Buttons are used to apply additional torque onto your teeth to rotate/tip more stubborn teeth. This allows for better tooth movement to help straighten severely crooked teeth. Buttons are temporary: once your clear aligner therapy is complete, your dentist will remove all buttons from your teeth.

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BITE ADJUSTMENT (OCCLUSAL ADJUSTMENT)

Bite adjustment, or occlusal adjustment, is a procedure used to correct minor bite issues by removing interferences in the way your teeth come together. Bite adjustment is typically performed after completion of orthodontic treatment, or other extensive dental treatments, to correct ant remaining issues with your bite. The goal of bite adjustment is to ensure that there is even pressure to distribute your bite forces evenly. Without bite adjustment, you run the risk or fracturing your teeth and fillings,  developing headaches and other bite-related problems.

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BRACES

Braces are placed by your dentist or orthodontist to straighten your smile. Braces treatment relies on metal brackets which attach to your teeth surfaces as well as wires and rubber bands used to move your teeth into their desired final position. You can fix almost all types of orthodontic misalignments using braces. The alternative to braces is known as clear aligners. Clear aligners are used to fix mild-to-moderate orthodontic misalignments and clear aligners are not as effective as braces when it comes to complex tooth movements.

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CLEAR ALIGNERS

Clear aligners are a series of custom-made plastic trays which are used to move teeth for orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are made using impressions or scans of your teeth. Each plastic tray moves your teeth just a fraction of millimeter. As you continue wearing each aligner, your teeth gradually move into their desired final position. Wearing clear aligners is more comfortable and less visible than putting on braces. Plus, you can remove clear aligners by yourself whereas braces are constantly stick to your teeth. Clear aligner treatment is used to fix mild-to-moderate orthodontic misalignments.

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CROSSBITE

Crossbite is where your upper teeth sit on the inside, instead of the outside, of your lower teeth in the horizontal plane. Crossbite is typically the result of having a large lower jaw or one that is positioned too far out as compared to your upper jaw. Having a crossbite affects your appearance as well as your dental and gum health. Plus, having a crossbite severely increases the likelihood of damaging your posterior teeth. Unfortunately, very few crossbite misalignments can be fixed with clear aligner therapy. Fixing your crossbite requires wearing braces, possibly in addition to tooth extraction or even jaw surgery.

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DEEP BITE

Deepbite is an extreme case of overbite. A deep bite is where your upper front teeth completely cover your lower front teeth in a closed biting position. Having a deep bite affects your appearance as well as your teeth and gum health. It also increases the likelihood of fracturing your anterior teeth, affects your bite and causes headaches. Some cases of deep bite can be fixed with dentist delivered clear aligner therapy. However, most deep bite conditions require wearing braces instead of clear aligners.

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DIGITAL SCANS

Digital scans capture copies of your teeth to communicate the shape, size and position of your teeth with their dental laboratory. Dentists and orthodontists take digital scans of your teeth by using a special computerized scanner. Taking digital scans is more comfortable and quicker than traditional impressions. Plus, digital scans can be submitted immediately to the laboratory for faster and more accurate results.

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EVEN28 CLEAR ALIGNERS

Even28 clear aligners are a type of custom-made clear aligners used to move teeth for orthodontic treatment. Even28 clear aligners are an alternative to Invisalign®, ClearCorrect™, Smile Direct Club™ and other clear aligner systems. Even28 offers 2 different types of clear aligner programs: Even28 at-home™ and Even28 at-dentist™. Even28 at-home is an affordable clear aligner program offered through local dentists. The program is similar to Smile Direct Club or Candid Co. Even28 at-dentist is a dentist delivered clear aligner program similar to Invisalign®. Your dentist places attachments, performs tooth contouring and bite adjustment to give you better end results. Your Even28 dentist will help you decide if you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy and will help you choose the program that’s right for you. 

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EVEN28 AT-HOME

Even28 at-home™ is a clear aligner program similar to Smile Direct Club™, Candid Co™, Byte™ and other DIY clear aligner systems. The biggest difference between Even28 at-home and these other DIY clear aligner programs is that Even28 at-home requires an initial visit to a participating Even28 dentist. Your Even28 dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for at home clear aligner therapy. If so, they will take impressions/scans of your teeth and help you get started with your clear aligner program. Even28 at-home is priced similarly to DIY clear aligner programs with the added benefit of having a local, experienced dentist supervise your treatment. Even28 at-home is ideal for treating simpler teeth crowding, spacing, mild overbites, orthodontic relapses and other mild orthodontic conditions.

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EVEN28 AT-DENTIST

Even28 at-dentist™ is a clear aligner program similar to Invisalign®, ClearCorrect and other dentist directed clear aligner systems. The biggest difference between Even28 at-dentist and other dentist directed clear aligner systems is that Even28 at-dentist includes unlimited clear aligners. This allows your Even28 dentist to offer ideal treatment without concern about how many aligners are required to complete your treatment. Even28 at-dentist programs require a combination or tooth contouring, attachment placement and/or bite adjustment. Even28 at-dentist is ideal for treating severe teeth crowding, moderate overbites and other mild-to-moderate orthodontic conditions. To learn more about Even28 at-dentist clear aligner treatment, visit a participating Even28 dentist near you.

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FIXED RETAINER

Fixed retainer is a type of retainer that is permanently glued onto your front teeth. A fixed retainer is an alternative to wearing removable retainers. Fixed retainers are recommended for patients who have trouble remembering to wear their retainers. They are also a good option for those who have undergone extensive tooth movement where there is concern of orthodontic relapse. The biggest advantage of fixed retainers is that they always stay on your teeth. This means that you never have to worry about forgetting to wear your retainers or losing them. The disadvantage of fixed retainers is that it makes it difficult to clean teeth which connected to your retainer. You must maintain excellent oral hygiene and periodic dental cleanings if you opt to wear fixed retainers.

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IMPRESSIONS

Impressions are moldings of your teeth which your dentist uses to communicate the shape, size and position of your teeth with the laboratory. Dental impressions are typically taken using putty or Vinyl Polysiloxane (VPS). They are used for communicating the shape, size and position of your teeth for clear aligner therapy. Additionally, dental impressions are used to make custom night guards, athletic mouth guards, orthodontic retainers, crowns, bridges, dentures and many other dental prosthesis.

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INVISIALIGN®

Invisalign® is a dentist delivered clear aligner system similar to ClearCorrect™ and Even28 at-dentist™ . Invisalign® was established in 1997 by Align Technology. Their clear aligners are unique in that they are scalloped around your teeth as opposed to extended beyond your teeth margins. Invisalign® clear aligners are used to fix teeth crowding, spacing, overbite, orthodontic relapse and a few other orthodontic conditions. For more advanced Invisalign® treatments, your dentist may use attachments, tooth contouring and/or bite adjustment. If you’re interested in Invisalign® clear aligner therapy, you must visit a participating Invisalign® provider near you. Your Invisalign® dentist or orthodontist will help you decide if you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy and help you get started. 

NIGHT GUARD

A night guard is a device worn overnight to protect your teeth against the harmful effects of teeth grinding. There are two basic types of night guards: (2) over-the-counter night guards which can be purchased from your local pharmacy or online; (b) custom night guards made by your dentist to fit precisely to your teeth. Custom night guards are recommended for patients with more advanced teeth grinding habits, history of broken teeth and those suffering from frequent headaches or other TMJ problems.

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OPEN BITE

An open bite is whenever you have a gap between your upper and lower teeth in the vertical plane when biting down. Open bite is typically the result of childhood thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Having an open bite affects your appearance as well as your chewing efficiency. Luckily, most cases of open bite misalignments can be fixed with Even28 at-home™ clear aligner therapy. The worse cases of open bite still require braces instead of clear aligners.

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ORTHODONTIC RELAPSE

Orthodontic relapse occurs once you’ve completed braces or clear aligner treatment but fail to wear your retainers. Failing to wear your retainers causes your teeth to gradually shift back to their pre-treatment position and become crooked again. Orthodontic relapse is exacerbated by your wisdom teeth pressing against your remaining teeth or losing teeth. Luckily, orthodontic relapse is easier to treat as compared to initial orthodontic therapy. Most orthodontic relapse cases can be fixed with clear aligner treatment in lieu of braces.

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OVERBITE

Overbite is the distance between your upper and lower front teeth in the horizontal plane. Having an overbite is a terms that refers to having an excess distance between your front teeth. A normal overbite is about 2 to 3 millimeters. Anything greater than that is considered having an overbite. Having an excessive overbite affects your appearance as well as your teeth and gum health. It also causes your anterior teeth to fracture more frequently. Luckily, most cases of overbite misalignment can be fixed with clear aligner therapy. The worse cases of overbites require braces instead of clear aligners.

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REMOVABLE RETAINER

Removable retainers are orthodontic retainers which can be inserted and removed from your mouth by yourself. There are two common types of removable retainers: Essix retainers and Hawley retainers. Essix retainers, also known as clear retainers, are similar to clear aligners, except they are made from very firm plastic. Clear aligner therapy typically uses Essix clear retainers to prevent orthodontic relapse. Removable retainers are easier to wear as compared to fixed retainers. Removable retainers tend to lose their effectiveness over time and require replacement. Plus, there’s a chance that you could lose your removable retainers. It’s recommended to purchase more than one removable retainer so that you have at least one backup, just in case.

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RETAINER (ORTHODONTIC RETAINER)

A retainer is a dental prosthesis designed to keep your teeth in their current position upon completion of orthodontic treatment. Without wearing your retainers, your teeth gradually move back to their pre-treatment position. There are two basic types of retainers: (a) removable retainers which come in and out of your mouth; (b) fixed retainers which are permanently glued onto your teeth. Your dentist or orthodontist will help you determine which type of retainer best suits your needs.

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SMILE DIRECT CLUB™

Smile Direct Club™ clear aligners are a type of at home clear aligner system similar to Candid Co™, Even28 at-home™ and other at home clear aligner programs. Smile Direct Club™ was established in 2013 by a pair of young entrepreneurs. They use Invisalign® made clear aligners and offer up to 20 clear aligners to straighten your teeth. The biggest criticism of Smile Direct Club™ is that you never actually meet the dentist in charge of straightening your teeth. This leads to risks which could cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. Smile Direct Club™ clear aligners can be used to fix mild teeth crowding, teeth spacing and other minor orthodontic conditions. For more advanced orthodontic treatments, you require dentist delivered clear aligner treatment or braces. If you’re interested in Smile Direct Club™ clear aligner therapy, you must visit a participating Smile Shop™ or buy their impression kit online.

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TEETH CROWDING

Teeth crowding occurs whenever you have more teeth in than there is space to accommodate them. Typically, teeth crowding results from having too many teeth in your mouth or because your teeth are too large for their respective jaw. Teeth crowding causes your teeth to fight over space with one another, which leads to crooked teeth. Having crowded teeth affects your appearance and can cause cosmetic concerns. Additionally, teeth crowding is a trigger for gum disease and dental cavities. It can also negatively impact your bite and overall oral health. Teeth crowding can be fixed using braces or clear aligner therapy. 

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TEETH SPACING (GAP TEETH)

Teeth spacing occurs whenever you have natural gaps between your teeth. Typically, teeth spacing occurs because your jaw is too large for your teeth. This causes your teeth to drift apart and creates gaps in between them. Teeth spacing also happens when you lose a tooth which causes your remaining teeth to drift and creates gaps in your mouth. Teeth spacing affects your smile and can cause aesthetic concerns. Additionally, teeth spacing increases your likelihood of developing dental cavities and gum disease. It also negatively impacts your bite and oral health. Teeth spacing can be fixed using braces or clear aligner therapy. 

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TOOTH CONTOURING

Tooth contouring is a technique used by dentists and orthodontists to assist in clear aligner therapy. Tooth contouring is an alternative to extracting teeth. Your dentist will shave away a tiny bit from one or more of your teeth to create additional space for tooth movement. Tooth contouring is used in dentist delivered clear aligner therapy to treat teeth crowding, overbite and certain other orthodontic conditions. Typically, spacing and openbite treatment does not require teeth contouring.

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UNDERBITE

An underbite is the reverse of an overbite, where your lower front teeth stick out in front of your upper teeth. Underbite is typically the result of having too large of a lower jaw or when your lower jaw is positioned too far out as compared to the upper jaw. Having an underbite affects your appearance as well as your dental and gum health. It also increases the likelihood of fracturing your anterior teeth, affects your bite and could lead to headaches. Unfortunately, very few underbite conditions can be fixed using clear aligner therapy. Most underbite conditions require wearing braces, possibly in addition to tooth extraction or even jaw surgery.

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WHITENING TRAYS

Whitening trays are custom-designed plastic trays which are used to bleach your teeth. Whitening trays are custom made by your dentist using impressions or scans of your teeth. They are designed to precisely fit on top of your teeth to efficiently deliver bleaching gel to your teeth surfaces. Custom whitening trays yield better whitening results as compared to most other at home bleaching options. Plus, you can reuse your custom whitening trays over and over again to maintain a whiter smile over time.

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