Retainers are generally prescribed by orthodontists for regular night time wear after completion of orthodontic treatment. This means that most people wear their retainers for 6-8 hours daily.
Wearing retainers regularly is important because it maintains the orthodontic results. It trains the teeth to stay in their final positions. It also prevents wear on the teeth that could occur from people who normally grind their teeth at night.
What if I had orthodontics as a teenager and I am an adult now?
Research shows that as we age, our faces change. As the face changes, more pressure is placed on the teeth causing teeth to adjust and move over time. But, teeth that are protected with regular retainer wear can resist these changes.
2 things change about retainers over time. First, the tightness of the fit is decreased over time – they loosen up. Second, they collect bacteria. There are rinses and cleaning devices but the best way to maintain the performance and cleanliness of retainers is to regularly replace them.
Before Retainer Club, retainer replacement was so expensive and time consuming that it wasn’t possible for most people to regularly replace them. The old system of replacing retainers involved multiple inconvenient appointments and fees ranging from $250 – $900.
Retainer Club offers replacement retainers by mail for $99
Retainer Club offers regular retainer replacement by mail for as low as $99. Once you receive a 3D scan, there is no need to return to the office just to get a new retainer fitted and checked. So, with an affordable price and no need to return to the office, there is no reason to avoid replacing retainers regularly.
A toothbrush collects bacteria and it is only in your mouth for 2 minutes in the morning and 2 minutes in the evening. A retainer is in the mouth for 6-8 hours nightly. Therefore, we recommend you replace your retainer as often as your toothbrush. Retainer Club offers plans to replace your retainers every 4,6, or 12 months.
For the best performance and cleanliness, you should replace your retainers as often as your toothbrush.