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Will I Still Have to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?

| Mon Dec 6th, 2010

For those with minor misalignments in their teeth, Invisalign is an excellent orthodontics option to correct these misalignments. Using clear plastic aligner trays rather than metal braces, Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional orthodontics. Invisalign trays are also practically invisible, so no one has to know you are receiving orthodontic treatment.

After Invisalign treatment has been completed, it will be necessary for you to wear a retainer. The retainer is placed to be sure your teeth remain in their new position, keeping your new, attractive smile intact. Your dentist will provide instructions on how long you will need to wear the retainer.

There are several different types of retainers. In many cases, if you have completed an Invisalign treatment, the final aligner tray or a duplicate of that tray can serve as your retainer. Typically, you will need to wear the tray at night.

In some cases, your dentist might recommend a fixed retainer. This is a metal retainer that is permanently attached to the backs of your teeth. It is very efficient at keeping your teeth properly aligned, but can provide a challenge when you are cleaning your teeth. Another option is a removable metal retainer, much like the retainer many adolescents wear after traditional orthodontic treatment. Although using or wearing a retainer might seem like a nuisance, it will help you keep the new smile you have been able to achieve through Invisalign treatment.

For more information about Invisalign, how it works and what recommendations your dentist provides regarding wearing a retainer, please contact a dentist with experience in Invisalign in Plano.

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