For the longest time, you could not straighten your teeth without metal braces. But if you already have self-esteem issues because of tooth alignment, these metal braces unfortunately did not do anything to help that right away.
Enter Invisalign, a much more discreet way to help patients get their perfectly straight teeth! Because the aligners are clear, they are almost undetectable while wearing them, and are able to improve tooth alignment without drawing even more attention to your teeth.
While receiving the Invisalign treatment, you will still need to see your orthodontist routinely to make sure your teeth follow the desired realignment plan. However, many patients might not realize that finishing their Invisalign treatment does not mean the end of their aftercare.
Here’s what happens after your Invisalign treatment is over.
Once you are done with your Invisalign treatment, you enter the maintenance stage, which is also necessary for patients who use metal braces to straighten their teeth.
Maintenance is necessary because if you do not care for your newly straight smile, you can experience:
Proper maintenance post-Invisalign starts with retainers. They are essentially another type of tray you can wear to ensure the results you achieved with the Invisalign treatment are not undone.
There are some retainer tips to be aware of:
The retainers should be worn every single day, all day, for around 1 year after the Invisalign treatment. After that, you can switch to only wearing them at night to ensure your smile stays the way you want it.
Wearing and taking good care of your retainer after Invisalign treatment is crucial to maintaining a straight smile that lasts for years to come. Failing to properly wear or care for your retainer can cause your teeth to shift back into the alignment you had prior to receiving Invisalign.
Here are some quick tips to take note of when wearing your retainer:
Here's how to make sure your retainer can last for the long run:
One of the best things you can do to protect your new smile is to always stay on top of your oral care needs. Here are a few tips for keeping up with your oral health:
If you are dealing with misaligned teeth and want to change your smile, Dr. Yoni and Dr. Bean are here to help you get the best tooth alignment care!