We are often asked the same question by our customers. How long will my Essix retainers last? There is no right answer to this question. Usage patterns and how well the retainers are cared for will ultimately determine a retainers’ lifespan, barring any accidents. It really is different for each person. With proper care, your clear Essix retainers can last you anywhere from two to six years. Naturally, there are a few simple things you can do to extend the life of your retainers.
4 Easy Steps
- 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. This ensures that the pressure is evenly distributed across the retainers while cleaning, preventing 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 case away from pets will also help. Pets love nothing more than to chew on retainers. Unfortunately, they are made from the exact same material that dog chews are made from. 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
If you find that your retainers are cracking regularly, you may want to upgrade to the Essix Plus material. Essix Plus retainers are made from more durable material and will extend the life of your retainers. Spending a little bit more up front can save you money down the line. If you tend to experience cracking or light damage to your retainers, Essix Plus may be for you.
Get a Spare Set of Retainers
Investing in another set of retainers is a great way to avoid being caught out 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 SportingSmiles, 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]