How Long Will I Wear My Retainer After Invisalign?

19 Dec 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

invisalign teen clear alignersFor patients and cosmetic dentists alike, Invisalign is often the preferred method to correct malocclusions and produce a more beautiful, straight smile. Invisalign gently repositions teeth through the use of a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners. After the treatment, patients will wear a retainer to preserve their results. If you have any questions or concerns about the treatment or the retainer, you can consult an Invisalign dentist in Huntington, NY. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are always happy to answer their patients’ questions.

Do you have to wear your retainer forever after Invisalign?

Your cosmetic dentist will give you customized recommendations, based on your unique issues. As a general rule of thumb, however, it’s recommended that patients wear a retainer for 12 to 22 hours per day, every day, for three to six months. After this point, most patients can cease wearing the retainer during the day. Instead, they’ll wear the retainer at night until it’s been at least 12 months since the Invisalign treatment ended. After this point, cosmetic dentists may strongly recommend that you wear the retainer three to five nights per week for your lifetime.

What happens if you don’t wear your Invisalign retainer?

Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign accomplish some amazing results. With gentle, precise pressure, aligners are capable of repositioning the tooth within the jawbone itself. This is pretty remarkable, but unfortunately, the reverse can also happen. After you complete your Invisalign treatment, it’s possible for your teeth to shift out of place again. It’s necessary to wear a retainer to prevent the teeth from moving once they’re in the appropriate positions. Over time, the teeth will “settle” and become more firmly rooted in place.

However, even after your teeth have settled into their new positions, it’s possible for gradual shifting to occur over time due to pressure exerted on them through chewing and similar actions. This is why cosmetic dentists strongly recommend that patients wear a retainer several nights per week for the rest of their lives. Many patients decide that the inconvenience is well worth the opportunity to continue to enjoy a beautiful, straight, and healthy smile.

What should I expect from my Invisalign retainer?

After having Invisalign, you’ll likely want to continue to benefit from Invisalign technology. Invisalign makes its own brand of clear plastic retainers, called Vivera. Vivera retainers look much like the aligners, but they’re designed to keep your teeth in place, rather than to move them. You’ll care for your retainer just as you did your Invisalign aligners.

Getting Invisalign in Huntington, NY

In Suffolk County, patients who want to correct malocclusions turn to the expert team at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. You can schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot to discuss whether Invisalign might be a good choice for you. With our state-of-the-art computer technology, you can even see a visual image of what your smile can look like after you complete your treatment! Call us today in Huntington at 631.228.8308.

Additional resources for Invisalign patients:

  1. Invisalign, Vivera Retainers, https://www.invisalign.com/the-invisalign-difference/vivera-retainers
  2. Inside Dentistry, Orthodontic Retainers: The New Reality, https://www.aegisdentalnetwork.com/id/2009/05/align-vivera-orthodontic-retainers-align-technology
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