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Invisalign: What happens after treatment is completed?

teeth straightening Cypress TXYour Invisalign teeth straightening program is nearing completion … you are enjoying your new smile, but you have a final step to complete treatment. The final step needed is important for maintaining the progress you made, and that is to wear your retainer as directed by your dentist.

You entered into your Invisalign teeth straightening program to correct your bite, and depending on the severity of the malocclusion, you underwent treatment for months or years. Make sure your time and investment are protected by following instructions issued to complete treatment.

Invisalign Program Overview 

Consultation – Your dentist will likely take x-rays and impressions to determine your teeth straightening needs and qualify you for Invisalign.

Invisalign Lab – A series of clear aligners will be fabricated designed to straighten teeth over a period of time. The aligners are clear allowing the patient to undergo teeth straightening in a very discreet manner … perfect for teens and adults of all ages!

Treatment Period – Aligners will be replaced every two weeks to keep teeth straightening progressing. Each aligner is designed to correct the occlusion little by little.

Aligners are removable so the patient can enjoy all their favorite snacks and meals. Additionally, aligners are taken out for daily oral care tasks of brushing and flossing. Visits to the dentist for cleaning allow for a thorough hygiene treatment without any obstructions like you may experience with standard braces.

The comfort and convenience experienced with Invisalign make this teeth straightening method ideal. There are no metal wires or brackets to abrade oral tissues; and fewer trips to the dentist are needed to keep the teeth straightening program on track.

Wearing the Retainer 

The retainer resembles the aligners you’ve worn throughout treatment. Failure to follow through with this final step could allow teeth to shift back to their original occlusion.

As your teeth are moving to correct your bite, you are reshaping more than just the teeth you can see. The bones that hold teeth in place are repositioning as well. In order for them to develop a strong memory of their new location, they require a way to hold them in place. The retainer is designed to perform that function.

You can reap the benefits of straightened teeth and enjoy your new smile for a lifetime by following instructions and wearing the retainer as directed.

To learn more about this innovative orthodontic treatment option, contact our office today!

Smile Confidently with Professional Teeth Whitening

cosmetic dentist CypressDiscolored, stained, or spotted teeth can ruin your smile. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will reveal the many treatment options available … one of the most economical ways is with teeth whitening.

Not All Teeth Whitening is Created Equal 

While you may derive small, temporary improvement with products like whitening strips, toothpastes or gels, whitening rinses; or one of the many products you may find online like one size fits all trays, blue lights, or any other gimmick that promises white teeth … you may have concerns about their safety and effectiveness.

When you acquire teeth whitening products and/or services from your cosmetic dentist, you have the assurance that the products have been thoroughly tested for safety. In addition, your dental provider is licensed to dispense these products, which contain some of the most powerful teeth whitening agents available … another measure that is there for your protection.

One more added incentive to acquire teeth whitening from your dentist is that you know they will be there to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. That may not be the case when acquiring teeth whitening through other avenues.

The Results Are In

Stains and discoloration are minimized or gone … teeth are brighter and your smile is dazzling. To maximize your teeth whitening experience, familiarize yourself with the things that can stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, cola, red wine, some berries, tomato based sauces, etc … you can limit some of the damage that can be done by drinking cold drinks through a straw (most of the liquid will bypass teeth); and rinse teeth thoroughly following consumption. Brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss to remove what your toothbrush missed.

To learn more about the teeth whitening services we offer, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan and schedule your consultation today.