Correcting a malocclusion with Invisalign clear aligners will afford you a great new smile. In addition, straighter teeth can improve your dental health as those areas that were collection spots for plaque are minimized giving you a better opportunity to keep your teeth clean. You’ve invested time and money in obtaining this dental correction, so make sure you follow the final step to treatment by wearing the retainer provided by your dentist.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a teeth straightening method that utilizes clear aligners to reposition teeth to correct an overbite, underbite, or crossbite.
You will undergo teeth straightening using clear aligners that will be replaced every two weeks to keep teeth moving to correct your malocclusion.
In addition to being transparent, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can eat all your favorite foods. And you will be able to take them out to perform your daily oral maintenance of brushing and flossing without the obstruction of metal braces.
What is a retainer?
A retainer resembles one of the aligners you wore throughout the teeth straightening process. It is clear, but unlike the aligners that changed regularly the same retainer will be worn for many months.
Once teeth straightening has been achieved, the bones that hold teeth in place need time to adjust to their new position. The retainer performs this function; if not worn as prescribed, teeth could begin to drift back to their original location.
How long is a retainer needed?
Your dentist will provide instructions for how long and when you need to wear your retainer. Some patients are advised to wear the retainer 24/7 for several months followed by months of wearing the retainer only at night. Instructions vary … following them is a critical step in completing the teeth straightening process.
Improve your dental health with Invisalign
Having straight teeth will enhance your appearance, but your dental health will receive a boost as well. When teeth are crooked, it is difficult to keep all surfaces from plaque buildup. When plaque grows, the chances for decay and gum disease are increased. Once plaque forms, only your dental provider can remove it.
Protect your investment by wearing your retainer; and maintain oral health by brushing twice every day, flossing to remove what your toothbrush missed, and visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam. Ask us for more information by call our office today!