What is an Essix Retainer?
Essix Retainers provide a seamless solution for people looking to retain their teeth without the distractions of metal wires. Unlike traditional wire retainers, which can be uncomfortable and awkward to wear, Essix Retainers are made entirely of smooth, flexible plastic that adapts to your teeth’s shape and conforms to your gums. Moreover, with the ability to remove them whenever necessary, you won’t have to worry about food restrictions or difficulties brushing your teeth. Essix Retainers make it easy to maintain your pearly whites without drawing any unwanted attention.
At Orthodontic Experts, we take impressions of our patients’ teeth in order to create custom-made Essix Retainers that fit snugly over their teeth. This ensures that the retainer is not only comfortable but also provides optimal support to keep teeth in their correct positions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how Essix Retainers can help keep your smile looking great for years to come.
How do Essix Retainers Work?
If you have recently completed your orthodontic treatment with braces or Clear Aligners, your orthodontist may recommend you to use Essix Retainers. If you’re wondering how Essix Retainers work to keep your teeth in place, here’s all you need to know.
The orthodontist will examine your teeth, take x-rays, photos and use other imaging techniques to determine the right treatment plan depending on your needs.
The orthodontist will use an orthodontic appliance such as braces or Clear Aligners to shift your teeth into their desired positions. Orthodontic treatment will take a few months to a few years, depending on the severity of the case.
After your treatment is complete, your orthodontist will recommend you to wear retainers that will keep your teeth in place and prevent them from shifting back to their original positions.
Pros and Cons of Essix Retainer
Essix Retainers have been one of the most popular options in the world of teeth retainers. They offer a range of benefits, but also have some downsides that may not make them the best option for everyone. Let’s find out the pros and cons of Essix Retainers:
Essix Retainers are made of a transparent plastic that makes them difficult to spot. This is great news for anyone who wants to maintain their incredible treatment results without drawing attention to their orthodontic work.
- Easy to Clean
Clean them with a soft-bristled tooth brush and soak them in a cleaning solution to keep them hygienic and fresh.
- Removable Appliance
Essix Retainers are removable, you don’t have to worry about them interfering with your eating and drinking habits.
- Cost Effective
Compared to Clear Aligners Vivera Retainers, Essix Retainers tend to be more affordable, making them a smart choice for anyone on a budget.
Unlike bulky traditional retainers, Essix Retainers are made of a clear, removable plastic that is molded to your teeth for a secure and comfortable fit. Plus, the slim design of the Essix Retainer is less likely to irritate your mouth and cause difficulties with speaking.
- Less Sturdy and Long-Lasting than Vivera Retainers
When compared to Vivera Retainers, Essix Retainers are less durable and can wear down faster over time.
- Difficult to Repair
If an Essix Retainer breaks or loses its shape, it can be difficult to repair because the plastic is not as malleable as metal. In contrast, metal retainers can be easily adjusted and repaired if necessary.
- May Warp if Exposed to Heat
Essix Retainers are made of a type of plastic that can warp or deform if exposed to heat. This means they should not be left in a hot car or subjected to high temperatures.
- Shorter Lifespan
Essix Retainers typically need to be replaced sooner than Permanent or Hawley Retainers. Over time, the clear plastic can wear down, become discolored, or lose its shape, making the retainer less effective at keeping teeth in place.
To be effective, Essix Retainers must be worn every night. This can be a hassle for some patients who may forget or neglect to wear them regularly. In contrast, Permanent Retainers do not require daily use.