At SportingSmiles, we only stock the Clear Essix style of retainers for a reason. They are the most modern style of retainer, and we firmly believe that they are the best retainer solution. They allow for custom-fitting at a low cost and are cheap and easy to replace for the same reasons. However, they do have a downside. They are somewhat fragile and can crack when not cared for properly. With proper care, you can reduce the risk of breaking and your clear Essix retainer can last many years. We have put together a simple and easy-to-understand list of factors that can contribute to prolonging the lifespan of your retainers.
Prolong the Life of Your Retainer and Reduce the Risk of Breaking
Correctly Removing Your Retainer Reduces the Risk of Breaking
One of the most common reasons for cracking in retainers is users incorrectly removing their retainers. When removing your retainers, use both hands and pull the retainers off the teeth in a steady, smooth motion. Avoid any rotation, because when the retainers twist they can crack and break.
Cleaning incorrectly can also put unnecessary pressure and tension on your retainers. When cleaning your retainer, you want to cup it in one hand and clean with a soft-bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothbrush with the other hand. You can also lay them on a soft towel on a flat surface. Be careful not to brush them too hard. Soaking the retainers in Fresh Guard will make cleaning the retainers easier.
Do not soak Essix of Essix Plus retainers in an alcohol-based mouthwash. The alcohol will dry the retainer out and lead to perishing and cracking.
Manufacturing Issues Can Contribute to Retainers Breaking
The manufacturing process is also an important factor in the strength of retainers. If you are missing a tooth or have a gap, it is a weak point on the retainer. You want to make sure that your retainers are made by a dental lab that is very familiar with the creation of Essix retainers and only uses the highest quality material. If you find that your retainer is regularly breaking or cracking, then it may be worth exploring the Essix Plus material, which is just as thin as the existing Essix retainer material but much more durable.
Fido’s Bite Can Break Your Retainer
We all love our four-legged friends, but sometimes they can be a bit of a nuisance, particularly when it comes to chewing things that they are not meant to be chewing! Unfortunately, Essix retainers are made from the exact same plastic material that dog chews are made from, so it can be confusing for your furry best friend. On top of that, dogs are attracted to the smell of our saliva on the retainers, so they just can’t help themselves. Always remember to keep your retainer well-hidden and inside its case to make sure your dog doesn’t mistake it for their favorite chew toy!
With proper care, a well-made custom retainer can last for years. If your retainer does break, be sure to check out www.sportingsmiles.com for your replacement.