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Do You Need a Retainer After Invisalign?

20 Oct, 2020 |

Choosing to improve your smile with Invisalign is a rewarding process, but whether you are in the middle of treatment or are still weighing your options, you may have questions about what happens next. It is normal to be worried about aftercare. The money and time spent on straightening your teeth makes your investment worth protecting.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign offers a newer and less invasive solution to correct your bite. With enhanced technology, your teeth are digitally scanned to create a perfect mold. Then a series of aligner trays are produced for you to wear until desired results are achieved. It can take a similar amount of time as traditional braces to straighten your teeth with Invisalign. However, the ability to remove aligner trays makes brushing and flossing much easier. Knowing the benefits and the time Invisalign takes, the next question you may have is likely regarding if care after Invisalign treatment is different than after braces.

Aftercare for Traditional Braces VS Invisalign

There are many advantages of Braces VS Invisalign, the aftercare of each, however, is not so different. The bottom line is that after either treatment, you must wear a retainer. If not, your teeth can shift back to their unaligned state. Your jawbone will need to recover, and a retainer is a perfect crutch for it to lean on. The period in which you will need to wear a retainer can vary, but teeth will continue to shift even after your jawbone recovers. That is why you will need to follow the directions provided by your dentist regarding wearing your retainer and how to keep it in tiptop condition.

Taking Care of Your Retainer

Since your retainer is a large part of your aftercare, keeping it in good condition is vital. Here are some great tips for proper care:

Remove Your Retainer Before Eating

Just like your teeth your retainer can trap debris from food, making removal an easy way to prevent it from getting dirty.

Protect Your Retainer from Heat

A hot day in the sun can warp your retainer, leaving it ineffective. Likewise, it should not be put in a dishwasher and you should be careful to remove it before consuming hot or acidic beverages.

Store Your Retainer Safely

Make sure to keep your retainer in a designated safe place to help prevent misplacing. Also be sure to keep it in a place safe from children and mischievous pets.

Book an Invisalign Consultation At Castlebury Dental

If you are considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth or have any questions regarding aftercare, Castlebury Dental is here to help! We treat all ages and provide a wide range of dental services. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and get started working towards your perfect smile.




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