Will I still have to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment?

  • April 8, 2020

Invisalign Sterling HeightsIf you are considering Invisalign treatment to straighten your smile, you may be wondering about what comes after your active treatment is complete. As with all orthodontic treatments, patients do need to wear retainers for a certain period of time.

Rest assured that the experience of wearing an Invisalign retainer is just as comfortable and convenient as the rest of the treatment process. Also, it’s important to wear your retainer consistently as directed by your dentist in order to preserve your treatment results.

Invisalign: A Comfortable, Convenient Treatment Option

Invisalign is known for the increased comfort and convenience that it offers in comparison to traditional orthodontic treatment. By choosing the clear plastic aligner trays over brackets and wires, patients gain:

  • Ease of oral hygiene routine
  • Maintenance of a typical diet
  • Reduced effect on the smile’s appearance during treatment

These are just a few of the many advantages of Invisalign. Keep in mind that the design of the Invisalign retainer is quite similar in appearance to that of the aligner trays, although the retainer is intended to merely keep the teeth in place rather than reposition them.

Therefore, the process of wearing an Invisalign retainer should not be much different than wearing the aligner trays and should be minimally, if at all, disruptive to a patient’s regular routine.

Why are retainers important after orthodontic treatment?

You may be wondering why you have to wear retainers at all after orthodontic treatment. This is an important part of the treatment process to protect the investments you’ve made in your treatment.

After orthodontic treatment, the teeth are at risk for reverting to their previous positions. Wearing a retainer helps to prevent this outcome.

Initially, your dentist may instruct you to wear the retainer 24 hours a day. This is also the typical recommendation following standard orthodontic treatment. After a certain amount of time, though, you will likely be able to wear the retainer overnight only.

Are you exploring the ins and outs of Invisalign treatment to straighten a crooked smile? Schedule a consultation with our team at Forever Young Dentistry to learn about the entire treatment process.