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Choosing the right retainer for you: Part 2

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Part 2 of our blog about retainers include fixed vivera retainers.

Option 2- Fixed retainer (Extra fee- €150 per jaw)

  • This is a thin wire that is adapted and glued to the inside surfaces of the front 4 or 6 teeth. They are seen as the gold standard of retention, as they are permanent you can’t lose them so you always have something holding your teeth in place.
  • After your teeth are aligned , your dentist will assess your suitability for this type of retainer. Not everyone is suitable for them as you have to have enough room in your bite which you won’t know until the end of your treatment.
  • If you have enough room the bars can then be cemented in place, and will then follow with an impression of your teeth for your removable essix retainer.
    You still need to wear your removable retainer, for a few weeks/months initially and then at night-time to ensure your teeth don’t move.
  • The fixed retainers are not included in your overall fee as not everyone is suitable for them so they will cost you some extra money. They are on average €150 per jaw but they are well worth the fee if it means your teeth aren’t going to move. As they are glued in place, they can become loose from time to time. If this happens your dentist will happily glue it back in place for you.


  • Good tooth brushing around the fixed retainer is very important. A regular visit with a dentist/hygienist is advised especially if you tend to get tartar deposits around your teeth.
    You will be unable to floss normally with the bar in place, but there are some great substitutes.
    IE: Tepe brushes – An interdental brush is a small brush specially designed for cleaning between your teeth, where a regular toothbrush doesn’t reach.
  • Superfloss- Has three unique components—a stiffened-end dental floss threader, spongy floss and regular floss—all work together for maximum benefit. You thread the stiffened end under the wire and through your teeth.

Option 3 – Vivera retainers. (extra cost :Quoted at appointment)

  • If you feel one set of essix retainers is not enough for you and you would prefer to have a back up in case you lose it, then Vivera’s might be the best option for you.
  • Essentially similar to an essix retainer, they are the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign aligners and come in a set of 3 so you will have two spare if you happen to lose one or the dog chews it etc.

As always, hope this information helps you.

Have a great day!!

The team

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