Congratulations, you have worn your aligners anywhere from 6 months to 2 years and you have finally completed the Invisalign treatment leaving you with a beautiful smile and straight teeth. What happens next? This article will discuss on what happens after the Invisalign treatment.
Retainer Retention Program
After you have completed your Invisalign treatment, it is extremely important to wear your retainers in order to keep your teeth and bite from shifting. In fact, one of the most common mistakes people make after the Invisalign treatment is failing to wear their retainers correctly. Some assume that once they have undergone the Invisalign treatment that their teeth will stay in place. This is unfortunately not the case. In fact, teeth can retain placement memory of up to 7 years back and thus continue to shift back to their original position. Thus, it is very important to follow the correct procedure of wearing your retainers regularly to avoid this from happening. There are many individuals who go through tooth movement relapse which is most common after the first year of Invisalign treatment with some examples including rotations, flaring, and crowding of lower anterior teeth.
After Invisalign treatment, retainers are supplied by your Invisalign doctor as part of the retainer retention program of the Invisalign treatment. These retainers are made by Align Technology, Inc, the same company that makes the Invisalign aligners. The retainers are called Vivera retainers. They closely resemble the Invisalign aligners and are also made out of clear plastic. They are slightly thicker than Invisalign aligners but have a very similar feeling in terms of comfort. The retainers will keep your teeth in place so that bone can fill in and stabilize the teeth.
Most individuals will receive a set of four retainers. The first retainer usually has to be worn just like the Invisalign aligners for a minimum of 20 hours per day for 1 – 3 months. The rest of the retainers will then have to be worn only during nighttime indefinitely. It is recommended that new Vivera retainers are replaced every 3 years due to material distortion over time as well as clenching and grinding of the retainer.
It is very important that you take proper care of your retainer by keeping the retainer free of harmful bacteria. This is simply done by cleaning your retainer every day. It is important that you do not brush the retainer with toothpaste as this can cause the retainer to be marked up because of the abrasion of the toothpaste as well as to lose its shine. Instead, the retainer can be brushed with soapy water thoroughly.
The more popular option to cleaning your retainer is to place the retainer in a cup of water and to purchase retainer cleaning tablets. The most common retainer cleaning tablets are Retainer Brite tablets. Make sure to not place your retainers in denture cleaner or mouthwash as they can be too abrasive for retainers. Let the retainers soak for about 15 minutes every day before rinsing them off and using them again.