Invisalign clear aligners are used to correct a variety of orthodontic issues ranging from simple to more complex. Throughout treatment, your dentist will monitor your smile and keep track of your progress carefully to make sure everything is going according to plan. Since Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic, you will likely be able to see the changes to your smile as they occur.
At the end of treatment, the result should be a straighter, healthier smile. So, is that it? Not quite.
As is the case at the end of any orthodontic treatment, when Invisalign treatment is complete, it's going to take a little while for your teeth to get settled. That's where retainers come in.
After your Invisalign treatment, you will most likely need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in place while the tissues around each tooth settle. Your dentist may advise you to wear a retainer full-time for the first six months after Invisalign treatment, then gradually reduce to part-time wear for the next six months. Twelve months of wearing a retainer are usually enough time for your jaw to firm up and hold your teeth in their new positions.
However, each person is unique, as are the Invisalign treatment plans. Depending on your specific case, you may need to wear your retainer for a longer or shorter period. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to wear your retainer and when to wear it. And, just like during treatment, the orthodontist will closely monitor your progress to ensure your smile is settling in properly.
Basic Oral Hygiene
In combination with your retainer, continuing basic oral care is an essential component of your post-Invisalign maintenance. After all, you'll want your newly straightened smile to stay healthy!
To that end, brush and floss twice a day and visit your dentist regularly (as prescribed). If you damage your retainer or suspect something is wrong with your smile, contact your dentist right away so they can assess the situation and correct any potential issues.