Dr. Collins Explains the Need for Retainers after Invisalign Treatment

Written by Dr. Collins on Aug 9, 2011

Once your Invisalign treatment has successfully realigned your teeth, the next important step in your orthodontic treatment is the retention phase. Whether you’ve gone through Invisalign treatment or not, teeth are continually moving to some degree and it may not always be perceptible. This means that you will need to wear some type of orthodontic retainer after your Invisalign treatment is completed.

Wearing retainers after the completion of your Invisalign treatment should be considered an essential element of the overall treatment. If you do not wear the retainer provided by your Cheney Invisalign Dentist, it is likely that your teeth will begin to drift. You may be surprised to learn that going without a retainer for even a relatively short period of time can give teeth enough of an opportunity to shift to cause another misalignment.

There are certain teeth alignment problems that need to be retained longer than others. Problems such as open bites, gaps between teeth, twisted or rotated teeth (especially upper and lower front teeth) have a high tendency to relapse or move back to their original position. Therefore, retention is more critical in these kinds of cases. Your Invisalign dentist is the best person to judge what is appropriate in your situation.

There are essentially two types of retainers: fixed and removable. As the names imply, these terms refer to the fact that the retainer is either permanently attached to your teeth or is removable. Each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Your Spokane Invisalign Dentist can discuss both these options with you and help you make the decision as to which will be most beneficial to your situation.

Now that you’ve completed the Invisalign treatment successfully it makes sense to consider the retention phase as an ongoing and necessary part of your treatment. You’ve already made an investment in a beautiful, even smile. By conscientiously using your retainer you are simply protecting your investment.