Essix Retainer IFU


Essix Retainer


Description of Device

The essix retainer is a custom-made clear plastic dental device that fits over the teeth. It is designed to be comfortable and easy to wear.

Indications for Use - Final Dentures

An essix retainer is a clear plastic dental device designed to maintain the position of teeth following orthodontic treatment. It is used to prevent teeth from shifting and to ensure that the orthodontic treatment results are maintained.


The essix retainer should not be used if the user has a known allergy to plastic or if they have an existing dental condition that makes it difficult to wear the device.

Potential Risks & Benefits of essix retainers, Advise Patients of the Following:

The use of essix retainers may have potential risks, including breakage: they can be prone to breakage or cracking, especially if they are not handled or cared for properly. Chewing on the retainer or exposing it to excessive heat can increase the risk of damage. However, the benefits include discretion with the clear appliance, comfort, and protection of orthodontic treatment. 

Directions for Use

To ensure proper use of essix retainers, dental professionals and patients should follow these steps:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the device.
  • Carefully insert the device into the patient’s teeth, starting from the back of the patient’s mouth and working forward.
  • Use your fingers to gently press the device onto the patient’s teeth to ensure a snug fit.

Cleaning instructions:

To clean the essix retainer, patients should follow these steps: 

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to gently brush the device.
  • Rinse the device thoroughly with cool water.
  • Do not use hot water, as it can warp the device.
  • Do not use mouthwash, as it can discolor the device.
  • Clean the device daily.

Storage instructions:

When not in use, store the essix retainer in the provided case. Keep the case in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Additional Information:

Clinical studies have shown essix retainers to be an effective and reliable treatment option for patients looking to protect their orthodontic work. If the patient experiences any adverse events, such as pain or irritation, they should discontinue use and contact your practice immediately. Essix retainers come with a limited warranty, which may vary depending on the manufacturer.

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