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Post Invisalign Retainers & Why They Matter

Serving as the stealthy and sleek alternative to braces, Invisalign has gained widespread renown across the dental industry for reshaping the way patients reshape their teeth. 

However, similar to its predecessor, Invisalign still requires some forms of aftercare to ensure the successful results remain intact in the years ahead.

A person’s teeth are held together by the accompanying jaw bone. Orthodontic procedures, through a process coined resorption, actively soften this area so teeth can shift into their desired position. Once the procedure is completed and the teeth are in their desired position, a retainer is necessary to hold the teeth in place until new bone is deposited in order to stabilize the teeth naturally. This process usually takes between nine and twelve months.

This might come as a surprise, but retainers are necessary instruments after any form of orthodontic procedure, be it braces or Invisalign. 

Acting as the follow up tool to continue the foundational work that the Invisalign achieved, retainers must be taken seriously. It is usually recommended that the necessary time frame to wear a retainer must match the lifespan of your former orthodontic procedure. However, each case is unique!

How Much Longer?

How often you will be instructed to wear the retainer is ultimately up to the knowledge and guidance of your dental professional. And while it may seem like we’re attempting to torture you by presenting you a retainer after months of Invisalign- we promise it’s only to maintain your beautiful new smile! 

When Will I Get it?

Your dentist will craft a retainer perfectly suited for your mouth after your Invisalign process is complete. Unlike the aligners, you won’t need to constantly be switching them out as your smile is now in its desired, and hopefully final, formation.

It’s crucial you follow the policies and practices suggested by your dentist regarding the retainer, including:

  • Wearing it as often as informed
  • Ensuring responsible and sanitary habits when storing it in its case.
  • Committing to cleaning and washing it accordingly.
  • Contact your dentist immediately if you misplace it for whatever reason. 

More Information to Retain

After the period is up, many dentists suggest installing a permanent retainer. Mind you, it’s actually not as bad as it sounds and is extremely common among patients who underwent braces and Invisalign alike. A permanent and relatively thin bracket is installed on the main portion behind your front and or bottom rows of teeth. The intended pressure it creates ensures your teeth remain in their desired position, and being so obscure in placement they often last decades!

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