What are Retainers?

Retainers are used after you have had your teeth straightened to ensure that they remain in their new straight position. Retainers (not Vivera) are included in all of our orthodontic treatment plans free of charge.

Which Retainers Are Available?

  • Bonded Retainer (recommended)
  • Removable Retainer
  • Vivera Retainers (additional charges apply)

What Are Bonded Retainers?

A bonded retainer is fixed/bonded to your teeth and is not removable. It is fixed to the backs of your teeth so it is completely discrete. As bonded retainers are a permanent fixture, the patients’ teeth will stay in their new positions and will not be able to move back to where they were before. Bonded retainers do not require any special looking after, they are very easy to clean. You will simply need to brush your teeth as normal to make sure they stay clean.


  • Discrete
  • Minimum Pain
  • Easy to clean
  • It is fixed so you can’t forget to put it back in


  • Can only use Oral B super floss
  • The patient has to carry on attending check-ups to make sure that the retainer is still fully functional

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers can easily be taken out by the patient. The removable retainer function in the same way as bonded retainers but they are not as discrete. We recommend that you wear your retainer for 20-22 hours a day, and that you only take it out to eat, drink and brush your teeth.


  • Easy to clean


  • The patient has to remove the retainer to eat and drink
  • The Patient has to remember to put retainer back in after eating or teeth will begin to shift back into their original positions
  • Other people can see the retainer

Vivera retainers

Vivera Retainers were developed to offer a much more comfortable fit for patients. Vivera makes use of similar technology to the Invisalign braces to give patients an orthodontic treatment which is discrete as well as effective.

Vivera retainers aim to protect the perfect smile that your orthodontic treatment has given you. The retainers fit in place over your teeth to make sure that they cannot shift back into their original positions. Studies have shown that without retention, even fully aligned teeth which have been treated with braces for a couple of years can gradually revert back to their initial position. This is a very common problem which affects the majority of orthodontic patients undergoing all types of orthodontic treatment, but it is a problem which has a very simple solution.

Why choose Vivera retainers?

Standard retainers tend to warp out of shape very slightly over time, so whilst they have their benefits, they are not 100% efficient. Vivera retainers are different to normal retainers. They are much more durable so will not twist as easily as time goes on. They are custom made for each patient and come in sets of three.

They are made using some of the most advanced orthodontic technology such as 3D digital imaging, transparent thermoplastic material and advanced fabrication technology. These processes combine to make a retainer which has an extremely accurate fit but is also incredibly strong and durable as well as being virtually invisible.


  • Discrete
  • Minimum Pain
  • Fitted precisely to your mouth
  • Durable
  • No need to have new impressions each year


  • You will need to replace them every 8 to 12 months
  • They have to be worn at night


Clear aligners

Invisible braces, sometimes known as clear aligners, are one of the most popular orthodontic treatments for adult patients.


Children's braces

The early development of a child’s teeth is important in determining how their teeth will continue to develop into adulthood. Warning Signs can start to show around the ages of 7-8 as they will have already started to have their permanent teeth come through. We recommend regular visits to the dentist at this age so we can ensure their teeth are coming in nicely and spot any potential future problems they may have.

Related FAQs



What can be treated?

Orthodontic treatments have evolved enormously over the last 20 years. Now problems such as gaps between the teeth, crowded teeth, overbite (upper teeth covering the majority of the lower ones), open bite (upper and lower teeth almost don’t touch) and cross bites can all be treated.



What will the impact of orthodontic treatment be?

Orthodontic problems can have a profound impact on a person and their social and professional life. Depending on the extent of a problem, you might even be too self-conscious to smile. Effective orthodontic treatment not only improves your appearance, but also goes a long way to improving your self-confidence.

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