What is the Purpose of Invisalign Retainers?

smiling girl with tooth tray

You thought long and hard about getting braces. You considered your options and weighed the pros and cons. Braces are not cheap, but you had grown tired of looking in the mirror and seeing those crooked teeth smiling back at you, so you decided that the advantages outweighed the cost.

Now you can sigh with relief. Your treatment is over, and your new smile is perfect. But it was not easy getting here. You had to live with braces as a constant in your life for two years. You worked hard to follow all instructions, and dilligently went to your orthodontist every few weeks for your appointments.

You now have the smile you have always wanted. But at this point it is vulnerable. If you are not careful it can return to the way it was before, and all of your hard work will have been for nothing. If you want to keep that new smile, there is something more to do.

You need to wear your retainers. At the time you finish wearing braces, your teeth are not set securely in the bone. They are slightly loosened, and it takes the bone many months to tighten around them. Invisalign retainers hold your teeth in place until they adjust to their new position. Therefore, you need to wear them dilligently. Follow the instructions your dentist gives you for how long and how often to wear them. Though you will likely eventually be able to skip wearing them during the day, for best results, it is always a good idea to continue wearing them at night.

For specifics on how to wear your retainers, contact our expert in Invisalign retainer in Los Angeles.

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