What Happens After My Invisalign® Treatment?

InvisalignWhen straightening your teeth with an Invisalign® treatment, there is a lot of information that you are going to need. During a consultation, we will go over the details of what to expect throughout the treatment and afterward. We will also go over a factor that some do not consider: wearing a retainer after treatment.

What happens after my Invisalign® treatment?

An Invisalign® treatment typically takes anywhere from one year or two before successfully correcting the alignment. On a daily basis, patients need to wear clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours. While the aligners move the teeth into the correct position, there is a risk that the teeth will try to move back into the incorrect position. To prevent this, we will recommend a retainer.

The retainer holds the teeth in their final position. The length of time that the patient needs to wear the retainer will depend on how far the teeth move during the  Invisalign® treatment. It is common for an orthodontist to recommend wearing a retainer 24 hours a day for a year. Naturally, the retainer will come out to eat and brush teeth, just like the aligners.

After the first year, most patients only need to wear their retainer at night. Some patients may continue to wear the retainer every night for life. For example, if a patient has a tongue thrust, then a retainer will the patient will need to wear the retainer indefinitely to prevent the teeth from pushing forward during sleep.

More about retainers

There are two types of retainers: A clear plastic one and a type of retainer that consists of plastic and metal.

#1. Clear plastic retainers

Clear plastic retainers surround the teeth similar to aligners. In fact, these retainers look virtually the same. In some cases, patients even wear their last aligner as a retainer temporarily. The retainer functions in the same way by holding the teeth in place. The difference is that this retainer holds teeth in the permanent position. The individual does not need to switch it out like the aligners. This makes it important to keep good care of it and to prevent it from becoming damaged or lost.

#2. Plastic and metal retainers

Retainers with plastic and metal sit on the roof of the mouth. they then connect a wire to the plastic piece that goes in front of the teeth. This essentially positions the teeth between the metal wire and the plastic piece. The benefit of this type of retainer is that we can adjust the metal as necessary. Thus, if an adjustment is necessary, we can make it without needing to replace anything. These retainers are sometimes more affordable as well, making them a preferred option for some patients.

Regardless of the type of retainer a patient has, it is necessary to be careful with them. Keeping them in a plastic case when not worn is wise, as is rinsing and washing them regularly. If they are worn as directed, the teeth should remain in place after an Invisalign® treatment.

Learn more about what happens after teeth have been straightened by speaking with an orthodontist at our clinic.

Recent Posts

What An Invisalign Treatment Can Do For You

If you are looking at options to get straighter teeth, then you likely have heard of Invisalign. You may have seen a commercial or heard from a friend about the wonders of this treatment. If you are a working professional or have an active lifestyle, these clear aligners may be better suited for you than…

7 Reasons Patients Love Invisalign®

Our Leawood dental office loves Invisalign® — and not just us, but our patients, too. Invisalign® is such an incredible way to straighten your teeth and transform your smile. This treatment is becoming more and more popular, and it is easy to see why.#1 - The aligners are clear.Unlike metal braces that require a metal…

Answers To Questions About Invisalign Treatments For Adults

Invisalign is a unique teeth straightening system that uses clear, nearly invisible aligners to gently and gradually move crooked or out of place teeth into the correct alignment. Invisalign is unlike traditional braces in that it provides a less noticeable and attractive solution to imperfect teeth that you will not feel self-conscious wearing. While Invisalign…

Why You Should Bring Your Teen To See An Invisalign® Dentist

As an Invisalign dentist, we can straighten your teenager's teeth and give them a beautiful smile they can be confident to show off. In our dental office, we typically recommend Invisalign® for our adult patients, because clear aligners work best when you have all your permanent teeth. However, by the time your son or daughter…


Recent Posts

When To Visit A TMJ Dentist For Jaw Pain

When To Visit A TMJ Dentist For Jaw Pain

Are you thinking about making an appointment with a TMJ dentist in the near future? When your jaw hurts it can be due to a number of different reasons, including genetics and arthritis. Your jaw pain may also stem from bruxism, another disorder that causes people to grind or clench their teeth which often leads…

What Issues Can Dental Veneers Fix?

What Issues Can Dental Veneers Fix?

You may have heard about the popularity of porcelain veneers for fixing dental issues. One essential fact you need to know is that veneers are simply a mask for aesthetic teeth problems that may affect your self-confidence. In most situations, they do not actually repair or modify the teeth but can improve their appearance.Dental veneers…