Once the Invisalign treatment period is over, there are a number of healthy practices that patients can engage in that will help maintain their smile. After treatment, generally, teeth will naturally try to shift to their native position. This is due to ligaments stretching teeth back to their original position. Depending on the outcome of Invisalign treatments, retainer options may vary. The majority of Invisalign patients will require some type of retainer after Invisalign treatment in order to keep teeth straight. For more information regarding the Invisalign process or after Invisalign treatments, please click HERE.
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As patients continue to wear retainers and maintain normal oral healthcare routine, the tissue surrounding the teeth and ligaments will increase or strengthen to help hold teeth into their new position. Bear in mind, however, that this added support is not enough to prevent teeth shifting.
In terms of retainers, some patients may require a positioner or more conventional retainer. Typically, there are two main types of retainers that will be utilized after treatment.
Fixed Retainers after Invisalign
These retainers are bonded to teeth via a thin wire on the back of teeth, and are not visible to others. They can be useful to have, since patient compliance is not required. However, these retainers can make flossing difficult, and can result in plaque build up and minor cases of gingivitis without proper oral care.
Removable Retainers after Invisalign
These retainers are often worn at night, and can be removed during the day. Patients have to remember to wear them daily and clean them thoroughly. Removable retainers allow patients to brush and floss in hard to reach areas for a cleaner, healthier mouth.