If you’ve had orthodontic treatment with traditional braces, but notice your teeth drifting back out of position, Invisalign can be a great solution to restore your smile. Be sure to consult with your cosmetic dentist to determine the best treatment for you.
What is Invisalign and How Does It Work?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that moves your teeth gradually into the proper position using custom-made, clear plastic trays. Each tray is slightly different, and you wear each one for about two weeks. When you reach the last tray, your teeth will be moved into the right alignment. Once your treatment is complete, it’s very important that you wear a retainer at night—or according to the instructions of your cosmetic dentist—to be sure your teeth don’t move back into a misaligned position.
Your retainer might just be the last tray you wear during your treatment. Alternately, your dentist might provide an additional appliance to serve as your retainer. No matter what kind of retainer you have, be sure to wear it regularly, as recommended by your cosmetic dentist or orthodontist, to be sure your smile stays straight.
Deciding on Invisalign after Braces
Sometimes, your teeth can move back out of alignment even after treatment with traditional braces. This is usually because you haven’t been as diligent as possible about wearing your retainer. If you notice gaps between your teeth even though you wore braces, talk to your orthodontist about the best treatment options. It might not be necessary to go through a full round of orthodontic treatment again. A cosmetic dentist might be able to help with veneers or dental bonding, or it might be better to move the teeth back into place using Invisalign or another orthodontic approach.
If you decide on Invisalign after braces, be sure to follow the guidelines carefully, then be sure to wear your retainer as instructed to keep your teeth from regressing again. If you’re diligent about your treatment and maintenance after treatment, your smile can remain straight and lovely.