How long do I wear the Vivera Retainers?
Answer: You wear the retainers every night. You brush and floss as usual before going to bed, and then just pop the Vivera Retainers into place, and take them out the next morning. Brush the retainers gently with your toothbrush, and store them in a container with water.
Inevitably, after a few months of nightly use of the retainers, there will come a night when you'll forget to put your retainers in. Dr. Meyer says: Don't panic! Just put them in the next night.
After your first night without your retainers, please do note if there is any resistance as you put your retainers back in. Notice if there is a lot of pressure on your teeth after you get your retainers back in. Note if your teeth are sore the next morning.
If there is a lot of resistance, or a lot of pressure, or soreness the next morning, that means your teeth have drifted, just a little bit, after missing just one night with your retainers. Get with the program, and don't skip nights!
If you don't notice a lot of difference in resistance, pressure or soreness, that means your jaw bone has begun to adapt to the new position of your teeth. That's a good thing...but it does not happen quickly. Adult jaw bone takes months, even years, before it adapts to new tooth positioning. You'll need to keep your teeth in the proper position by using your retainers as your jaw bone adapts.