While retainers are typically much less obvious than braces, they are still somewhat noticeable. At Elegant Orthodontics, Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, is a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics. Dr. Baloul offers Vivera retainers to maintain newly straightened teeth without wearing a noticeable retainer to people in Boston, Norwood, Brookline, Framingham, MA and the surrounding areas.
What is a Vivera Retainer?
A Vivera retainer is a clear retainer applied after braces are removed. It is made of thin plastic and resembles Invisalign® aligners. This type of retainer is often chosen because it is discreet and easy to insert and remove. Vivera retainers must be periodically replaced as they are somewhat flimsy.
Why Choose a Vivera Retainer?
Vivera retainers are preferred by people who want to be able to remove it when brushing and flossing or are self-conscious about wearing a noticeable retainer. While it can be worn by patients of all ages, it is typically recommended for older teens and adults as it is easy to misplace. People who grind their teeth should avoid wearing Vivera retainers because they are delicate and easy to break.
How Does a Vivera Retainer Work?
Once your braces are removed, an impression of the your teeth is taken so the retainer can be made. It is worn all the time except when eating, brushing and flossing. Dr. Baloul determines how long patients must wear the retainer on a full-time basis.
How Do I Care for My Vivera Retainer?
It is essential you keep your Vivera retainer clean and free of bacteria that may lead to plaque build-up and tooth decay. Brushing your retainer with a toothbrush helps keep it clean. During an appointment, we provide you with instructions on caring for your Vivera retainer.
How Long Do I Wear My Vivera Retainer?
At the appointment when you receive your Vivera retainer, Dr. Baloul goes over wearing it as well as how to care for it. Because it takes time for the bones to tighten around the teeth, she typically recommends patients wear it all the time until she feels it can safely be worn only at night.
How Much Do Vivera Retainers Cost?
The cost of a Vivera retainer may be built into the cost of the overall orthodontic plan. We go over the cost of your orthodontic treatment during your first visit as well as payment and financing options. We offer financing through OrthoFi to make the expense of braces more affordable and easier to manage. If you have dental insurance, your policy may offer some coverage for orthodontics to offset the cost.
If you live in Boston, Norwood, Brookline, Framingham, MA or a nearby city, Vivera retainers are an option at Elegant Orthodontics. We recommend you schedule a consultation with Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics. Contact us today for an appointment.