Maintenance After Invisalign
Now that you have completed the invisalign process, you are left with the perfect smile. However, it is important to take certain measures to maintain this smile. By following the guidelines below, you can be sure that your smile will stay as perfect as the day you completed your invisalign treatment.
It is especially important to follow these guidelines if you are a teen or young adult. During this phase in life, your jaw bones are still considered “soft” meaning that your teeth can move around easier. You also have a ligament called the periodontal ligament that was stretched during invisalign treatment and may revert back to its original position if not properly supported.
To prevent this ligament from undoing all the work of the treatment, Dr. Randhawa will provide you with a retainer. Some patients do not like this traditional, wire retainer, nevertheless it is very important that you follow all her instructions regarding the retainer. Wearing your retainer will allow your jaw bones to harden and your teeth position to become permanent.
The amount of time you need to wear your retainer will be determined by Dr. Randhawa. Immediately after invisalign treatment, you will most likely need to wear your retainer for twenty-four hours, only taking it out to eat and brush your teeth. As more time passes, you may be able to only wear your retainer at night.
It is important that you do not use your invisalign trays as your retainer. Although this may be tempting since they are not as visible as your retainer, they will not have the same support. The invisalign trays are also not intended for long term use and will accumulate bacteria that can be harmful to your oral health.
Another important thing to remember is to take care of your retainer so that you can keep wearing it. You will want to first take special care to not break your retainer. Avoid activities like chewing gum or hard candies, and be sure to store your retainer in its plastic case when it is not in your mouth. Some types of retainers also require that you remove them before drinking hot liquids, as the temperature can distort the shape of your retainer. And you should always avoid eating with your retainer in since this can cause damage and discoloration.
In addition, you will need to keep your teeth and your mouth clean. It is important that you remove your retainer before eating to protect it, but also to keep it clean. Then, you will need to brush your teeth before inserting it. You will also need to be sure to floss at least once and day, maybe more if you are eating foods that can wedge themselves easily between your teeth. It is also essential to keep your retainer clean. You can use toothpaste and a soft toothbrush to gently brush the surface of your retainer. You can also rinse with denture cleaner, mouthwash, or distilled white vinegar.
Making sure you maintain your teeth after your invisalign treatment is key to maintaining that beautiful smile. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Randhawa.