Will I Have to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?

invisalign Norwalk CTEvery patient that undergoes a teeth straightening program is faced with the same situation. Do I have to worry about my teeth moving back to their original location? After all, they were located in that original spot for many years … after shifting to their new placement with Invisalign, what can be done to keep teeth there? The final phase of the teeth straightening treatment is to wear a retainer so the bones that hold your teeth in place have a chance to solidify their new location.

Invisalign clear braces is a method used to correct an overbite, underbite, or crossbite that has resulted in a malocclusion. A consultation with your Invisalign dentist will determine if you are a candidate for this program that has many benefits such as:

These braces are clear – Invisalign aligners are made with a transparent material that makes them virtually undetectable.

They are comfortable – There is no metal or wires with Invisalign. Nothing will abrade soft oral tissues.

They are removable – These braces are taken out for snacks and meals. This means the patient can continue to eat all the foods they love throughout teeth straightening treatment. Simply remove aligners, eat, and replace.

This also makes daily oral maintenance tasks of brushing and flossing very easy. And while you’re undergoing treatment, your dental provider can easily keep your teeth cleaned and polished during your regular six month cleaning appointments.

The Invisalign teeth straightening method works by implementing a series of aligners that have been prepared by the Invisalign lab using the tools provided by your dentist. The aligners are made to be replaced every two weeks; each aligner is modified to keep teeth moving to the desired occlusion.

The patient will replace aligners; each aligner is designed to feel snug when first placed. Over the next two weeks teeth will have shifted; this process will be repeated until teeth straightening has been achieved.

Having straight teeth is more important than just aesthetically. Eliminating areas where bacteria can build helps reduce the potential for dental decay and gum disease.

The final step of wearing a retainer is very much like wearing an aligner. But critically important to the success of the overall teeth straightening program. Failure to wear a retainer as directed by your dentist may result in teeth returning to their original location.

For more information, contact us at Norwalk Dental Care today!