How long will my Essix retainers last? This is a question we often hear from our customers. Unfortunately, there is no right answer to this question. Usage patterns and how well you care for your retainer will ultimately determine a retainers’ lifespan, barring any accidents. It really is different for each person. It’s important to note that with proper care, most retainers will last for 2 years before you need a replacement. Naturally, there are a few simple things you can do to extend the life of your retainers.
- Always use two hands to remove them from your teeth. The twisting motion of pulling on one side of the retainers will put unnecessary stress on them and can cause them to crack.
- When cleaning your retainers, always either support them in your hand or place them on top of a towel on the countertop. Keeping the pressure evenly distributed across the retainers while cleaning helps prevent the twisting motion that can crack the retainers.
- Regular cleaning will help prevent the retainers from yellowing and getting brittle. We recommend using FreshGuard cleaner twice a week and brushing them after each use. Cleaning instructions can be found here.
- Storing them in a cahttp://blog.sportingsmiles.com/how-to-clean-my-clear-essix-retainers/se away from pets will also help. Pets love nothing more than to chew on retainers. Unfortunately, they are the exact same material that makes dog chew toys. Ensuring that you store your retainers in a high location out of reach of pets will definitely help to prolong its life.
Try Essix Plus
Essix Plus retainers are made from more durable material and will extend the life of your retainers. Spending a little bit more upfront can save you money down the line.
If you find that your retainers are cracking regularly, you may want to upgrade to the Essix Plus material.
A Spare Set of Essix Retainers
Investing in another set of retainers lets you always have an extra on hand when an accident occurs. Being without a set of retainers while you await a replacement can give your teeth time to shift back to their old positioning. At Sporting Smiles, we offer your second set at a discounted rate. That way, you can prepare for when you need a replacement without breaking the bank. If you have questions about getting a replacement set of retainers, please visit SportingSmiles.com or email us at [email protected]