Retainers are a crucial part of the orthodontic process. Without them, your teeth will shift back to their previous position. And unfortunately, failure to wear them will render your orthodontic treatment significantly less effective.
When it comes to clear plastic retainers, there are two options to choose from, Invisalign® Vivera retainers and Essix retainers. So which retainer should you choose?
Let’s take a look at Invisalign® Vivera retainers vs. Essix retainers and what makes each one unique.
Invisalign® Vivera retainers are plastic and transparent. This allows them to fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth without being noticeable. In addition, they are strong, durable, and reliable. Many people who have had Invisalign® Vivera retainers for long periods find that they are still in perfect condition.
The main advantage of Invisalign® Vivera retainers is that they are virtually invisible. They also provide a snug and comfortable fit, eliminating the need for regular replacements.
Similarly, Essix retainers are clear plastic and fit around the entire arch of your teeth like aligners. Those with Essix retainers find they’re both comfortable and reliable. Because of this, you can wear them for long periods of time.
Since they are relatively affordable, Essix retainers are a popular choice for those wanting a discreet retainer. On average, they cost less than $500. However, since they are thin, you may need to replace them more often than other retainer options.
There are two main types of retainers: Invisalign® Vivera Retainers and Essix Retainers. Both provide a secure fit that prevents your teeth from shifting, but they differ in terms of design, convenience, and cost.
Invisalign® Vivera retainers are typically more expensive than Essix retainers. So if you’re looking for a less expensive option, Essix retainers are the way to go. However, Invisalign® Vivera retainers provide a much better fit when compared to Essix retainers. This makes them the better choice for long-term use. They are also much more durable and can last several years if properly cared for.
However, since Essix retainers are less thick, they make speech easier due to the lack of bulk. Additionally, they are much easier to take off and on as opposed to Invisalign® Vivera retainers. But since they’re thinner, they are more prone to breakage or becoming misshapen.
Both types of retainers offer clear advantages and disadvantages. However, ultimately the choice should be determined by your individual needs and lifestyle.
At the end of the day, choosing between Invisalign® Vivera retainers vs. Essix retainers comes down to preference and budget. However, both types will help keep your teeth in place so that you maintain your beautiful smile.
When it comes to retainers, it’s important to discuss all options with an orthodontist. This will guarantee you come to an informed decision about which option best suits your needs. With proper care, either retainer can provide long-term benefits for maintaining a perfect smile. Just be sure to clean and store your retainer correctly to get the most out of it.
We work with our patients at Dr. Yazji’s office to ensure they get the best possible orthodontic treatment. If you want to learn more about retainers or orthodontic care, feel free to reach out today. or connect with us via Facebook.
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