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Retainer questions answered

More questions answered with everything you need to know about SmileDirectClub retainers.

Retainers are the most important thing for preserving your beautiful new smile. After all the hard work we’ve done together, you owe it to yourself to wear your SmileDirectClub retainers nightly to keep that gorgeous grin in place.

Still have questions about retainers? We’ve got answers.

How are retainers different from aligners?

SmileDirectClub retainers are made of thicker .76mm thermoplastic polyurethane and built to keep your teeth from moving back to their original position. They last up to 6 months.

Why can’t I just wear my last set of aligners?

Aligners are made using specific plastics designed to gently move teeth and are not built for long-term use. They will eventually crack.

Do I have to get new retainers every 6 months?

While you can clean them, they will still get dirty and degrade over time. Replacing them keeps the plastic strong and your smile in place since the retainers will stretch out over time.

Do I really have to wear retainers forever?

Yes, you will need to wear your retainers every night for the rest of your life – or for as long as you want your straight smile to last. But you can grin happily, knowing your teeth won’t shift back.

How do I clean my retainers?

You’ll clean your retainers the same as you did your clear aligners. Here are 5 ways you can clean your aligners to keep them fresh.

What do I do if my retainer breaks?

Accidents happen, grinner. Contact us and we can get another set to you.

If you’re ready to order your next set of clear retainers, you’ve come to the right place.

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