Treatment Using Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners are used to correct a variety of orthodontic issues that could range from simple to more complicated. For the duration of your treatment, your dentist will closely monitor your smile and follow 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, you could be looking at a straighter, healthier smile. What should you expect after your treatment is complete?
Retainers For Continued Care
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 ensure your smile is settling in as it should be.
Basic Dental Hygiene
In combination with your retainer, it is important to keep up with basic oral care as part of your post-Invisalign maintenance. After all, you'll want your newly straightened smile to stay healthy!
With this in mind, you should brush and floss twice a day, and continue with routine dental checkups. If your retainer becomes damaged or something doesn't seem right with your smile, you should be sure to contact your dentist right away so they can assess the issue and correct any potential problems.