22 Oct Invisalign: What happens after treatment is completed?
Your 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!