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Replacing Your Retainers

The Importance of Replacing Your Retainers After Dental Work

Retainers are a crucial part of maintaining the results of orthodontic treatment. They keep your teeth in their new positions while your gums, bones, and ligaments stabilize after treatment. But what happens if you need dental work after fitting your retainers? In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of replacing your retainers after dental work and what you need to know to ensure that your teeth stay in their proper positions.

Why Replace Your Retainers After Dental Work?

Dental work can cause changes to the shape and alignment of your teeth, which can affect the fit of your retainers. For example, if you have a filling or crown placed on one of your teeth, that tooth may be slightly larger than it was before. This can cause your retainers to fit improperly, which can lead to your teeth shifting out of position. By replacing your retainers after dental work, you can ensure that they fit properly and continue to hold your teeth in their new positions.

When Should You Replace Your Retainers?

If you’ve had dental work done after fitting your retainers, you should schedule an appointment with your orthodontist for the evaluation of your retainers. Depending on the extent of your dental work, your orthodontist may recommend that you get new retainers. In general, if you’ve had any fillings or crowns placed on your teeth, you should have your retainers evaluated to ensure that they still fit properly.

What Types of Retainers Are Available?

There are several types of retainers available, including clear plastic retainers, Hawley retainers, and fixed retainers. Clear plastic retainers have a clear, flexible plastic material and fit snugly over your teeth. Hawley retainers are made of wire and acrylic and can be adjusted over time. Fixed retainers are attached to the back of your teeth and cannot be removed. And last but not least, Vivera® retainers.

Here are some of the key benefits of Vivera® retainers:

  1. Custom-fit: They are made from digital scans of your teeth, ensuring a perfect fit that is comfortable to wear.
  2. Durability: Strong and durable thermoplastic material makes them resistant to wear and tear.
  3. Clarity: They are clear and virtually invisible, making them an attractive option for those who want to maintain a natural-looking smile.
  4. Convenience: They are easy to use and care for. You can remove them for eating and brushing, and they can easily clean with a soft-bristle toothbrush and mild soap.
  5. Effectiveness: They keep your teeth in their proper position, help to prevent relapse, and maintain the results of orthodontic treatment.

Your orthodontist can help you determine which type of retainer will be effective for you based on your specific needs.

How Do You Take Care of Your Retainers?

Taking care of your retainers is essential to ensure that they remain effective and do not cause oral health issues. You should clean your retainers daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap. You should also avoid eating or drinking anything that could stain or damage your retainers. If you notice any signs of wear or damage, you should contact your orthodontist immediately to have your retainers replaced.


Replacing your retainers after dental work is an essential part of maintaining your beautiful new smile. You can ensure that your teeth remain in their proper positions by having your orthodontist evaluate your retainers and replace them if necessary. If you have any questions about replacing your retainers after dental work or need to have your retainers replaced, don’t hesitate to contact us. With proper care and maintenance, your retainers can help you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for life.