Is A Retainer Required Following Invisalign?

Posted on 12/30/2019 by Dr. Leary
Is A Retainer Required Following Invisalign?Invisalign treatment is used as a teeth alignment therapy similar to braces, however, there are some distinct differences between the two.

Unlike traditional braces, an Invisalign device is only used in certain circumstances. Most commonly, Invisalign treatment is utilized when teeth have only become slightly misaligned rather than the teeth needing extreme correction.

Invisalign offers many benefits compared to traditional braces. First, they are clear making them less visible while you do your day-to-day activities. Second, they are removable. People going through Invisalign treatment have the luxury of removing their device throughout the day to eat a wide variety of foods that traditional braces wearers can't.

Last, Invisalign braces are made of a thermoplastic as opposed to metal. Many wearers who have worn traditional braces report that their Invisalign's are much more comfortable to wear throughout the day.

Why A Retainer Is Important

Though there are many advantages to Invisalign treatment compared to traditional braces, there is one big similarity. After getting an Invisalign treatment, many people think that it's not necessary to wear a retainer, however, this is not the case. Every person who gets Invisalign treatment will need to wear a retainer after doing so.

Wearing a retainer after any teeth alignment therapy, no matter the method, is important to ensure that your teeth don't shift over time. In fact, many people seeking Invisalign treatment do so because they didn't wear the retainer properly after having braces or having other alignment corrections to their teeth. Your teeth will want to go back to the state they were in before correction, which makes wearing retainer's imperative to the teeth alignment process.

We can help you if you're looking for teeth alignment therapy. Gives us a call, and we'll be happy to set up an appointment. While you're here, we can figure out if an Invisalign treatment is appropriate for your situation.
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