Will I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment?
Moving teeth requires steady pressure to guide teeth into alignment. Since teeth are rooted in bone, stabilizing that bone after your orthodontic treatment is an important part of your treatment plan. Everyone who has orthodontics will need some type of retainer to hold teeth in place and prevent them from drifting back to their original location in a process called orthodontic relapse.
A number of retainer options can make it convenient to protect your new smile.
Fixed retainer – Using brackets and wires on the inside of teeth near the tongue, fixed retainers hold teeth in place similar to braces.
Acrylic and wire retainer – Acrylic retainers and wires hold teeth in place. If the wires bend, we can often repair them.
Clear aligner retainer – Just like your Invisalign aligners, a clear retainer made of nearly invisible plastic can be worn to keep teeth in place.
Typically, wearing a retainer will start with wearing it for 24 hours a day (except when you eat or brush your teeth). After your teeth and bone stabilize, you can switch to nighttime wear only. We will monitor your teeth and make recommendations that will keep your smile looking its best.