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.
Following your Invisalign treatment, you will likely need to wear a retainer to hold 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 following Invisalign treatment, then move to part-time wear for the next 6 months. Twelve months of retainer wear typically allows enough time for your jaw to firm up and hold your teeth in their new positions.
However, each person is different, and so is each Invisalign treatment plan. You may need to wear your retainer for more or less time depending on your unique case. Your dentist will give you detailed instructions on how and when to wear your retainer. And just like during the treatment itself, the orthodontist will monitor your progress closely to see that your smile is settling in as it should be.
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, you should brush and floss twice a day, and see your dentist routinely (as prescribed). If you damage your retainer or suspect something is amiss with your smile, you should be sure to contact your dentist right away so they can assess the issue and correct any potential problems.