Maintenance After Invisalign
Invisalign is an incredible technology that gives us the ability to enjoy all the benefits of braces without having to endure the ridicule and embarrassment of having wire braces. Throughout the process, your teeth will invisibly readjust with the assistance of the Invisalign treatment until finally, your teeth are in the alignment you’ve dreamt of all this time. Of course, your journey with Invisalign doesn’t end when your teeth are in their final position. If you’re in your teens, you’ll be needing to continue your journey with a retainer to ensure your teeth don’t move back to where they were.
Maintenance After Invisalign
So what do you need to do to ensure that you have a beautiful smile for years to come and that all that work you’ve done doesn’t just all come to naught in the fullness of time? The process is fairly simple, and only requires a little vigilance and discipline on your part. So what exactly do you need to do? Simply follow these steps:
• Retain Your Retainer – Following your Invisalign treatment’s completion, you’ll receive a retainer that will help to keep your teeth in their new position. If you fail to wear this your teeth may start moving back to their original positions and you’ll have to start the process all over again. You will be wearing this retainer every night for the rest of your life to ensure that they don’t return to their original position. Every 9 to 12 months you’ll need to replace it.
• Clean Your Retainer – Your retainer spends a lot of time in your mouth, and your mouth is one of the less unsavory places to spend time. Every day you’ll need to clean your retainer to ensure that bacteria and debris don’t have a chance to build upon your teeth. Do not clean it with toothpaste, as the abrasive quality of it can damage your retainer, but instead clean it with soapy water, or soak it in water during the day with a cleansing tablet made for retainers.
• Continue To See Your Dentist – Now more than ever it’s vital that you continue to see your dentist on a regular basis. A checkup every six months will ensure that you continue to experience good dental health and that your teeth remain in their new positions without complication.
Invisalign is an incredible technology that ensures you’ll be able to enjoy a great new smile without having to resort to braces, but it does come with a lifetime commitment of wearing a retainer to ensure your teeth are straight and gorgeous. If you have questions about Invisalign or the process to follow after having completed your Invisalign treatment, contact your dentist immediately. Experts like Dr. Jacob Laudie at Summit Dental are there to help you start your journey to a beautiful smile. Don’t let another year go by with crooked teeth out of fear of how braces can make you look, you can get all those great results with clear, invisible Invisalign.