Completing your Invisalign treatment is an occasion to celebrate and smile about. For the next few weeks, you will flaunt your newly straightened teeth at everyone you meet while you relish in your newfound confidence. You now will proceed to the next phase which is the retainment phase of your treatment. Use this guide to know what to expect along with the best strategies to implement to keep that beautiful smile.
Fixed retainers: They are bonded to the inside of the teeth to hold them in place. They are extremely thin, which minimizes any interference when speaking.
Removable retainers: They are often called “in-and-out” retainers because the patient can take them in and out throughout the day.
After any orthodontic treatment, teeth alignment needs to be maintained. Teeth that were moved during treatment have a natural tendency to move back slightly toward where they began. Retainers hold the teeth in their new aligned positions and drastically reduce the potential for relapse.
According to your family dentist, the retainers need to be worn after successful Invisalign treatment to keep your teeth intact and at its place. The time duration will vary according to your case.
When your Invisalign braces are initially removed, you’ll probably need to wear your retainers for most of the day for the first few months, then switch to nighttime wear for a period of time – usually a year or more.
Retainers never hinder your routine. They are a part and parcel of Invisalign treatment. Initially, you will have a little discomfort then you would not feel that they are there. Retainers are the best way to maintain your newly straightened teeth.