If you are enjoying straight teeth after Invisalign treatment, you might feel like you were subject to magic. After all, in just a matter of months, you went from a misaligned smile to a straight one with most people being none the wiser. Not only did you do a good thing for your appearance—what is not to love about a beautiful smile?—but you also made it easier to take care of your oral health. Straight teeth are just easier to keep clean, and they are less likely to develop decay.
Although you are no longer swapping out clear plastic aligners every couple of weeks, this does not mean your treatment is completely over: It’s crucial that you wear your retainer after Invisalign treatment. If you don’t, your teeth can eventually slide right back into their old position, putting your investment of time and money to waste.
Your Allentown dentist can tell you how important it is to wear your retainers religiously following Invisalign treatment. We’ve highlighted a few of the points below.
Why Retainers Are Important
Regardless of the type of orthodontic treatment you received, retainers are a crucial element of protecting your investment. A retainer will help stabilize teeth that have been moved into a new position. As your teeth moved, new bone was deposited around them. Retainers give the bone additional time to heal and solidify.
How Often Retainers Need to Be Worn
Your dentist will give you advice based on your situation, but many people are directed to wear their retainers every day for six months to a year after which time they can switch to nighttime only.
Similar in appearance to your Invisalign aligners, your retainer can also be removed for eating and cleaning your teeth, making it easy to continue taking good care of your teeth.
Have questions about whether Invisalign is right for you? Talk to us at Evolve Dental Care and get the answers you need. With Invisalign invisible braces, you can get straight teeth in a fraction of the time of traditional orthodontics—usually six to 18 months—and enjoy a smile that is beautiful and easier to take care of. Call our Allentown practice about Invisalign today!