How Long Will I Need a Retainer After Invisalign?

March 11, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — wacofamilyteam @ 5:52 am

Woman in dentist’s chair holding clear alignerNothing is more exciting than popping your last Invisalign aligner into your mouth. The end of your journey is right around the corner; however, your treatment isn’t over just yet. You’ll require retainers to ensure your investment lasts. Here’s how long you need to wear your retainers after finishing Invisalign.

Why Are Retainers Important?

Retainers are the final step to ensure your new smile stays straight. Your retainers will hold your teeth in their new positions to allow your jawbone and ligaments to heal around them. If you don’t wear them, your teeth will drift back into their previous positions. You don’t want to undo the time and effort you’ve put into fixing your bite and alignment.

You don’t have to worry about a noticeable appliance. Retainers come in many styles, including aligners. Your retainers can be just as discreet as Invisalign, but your dentist will explain all your options.

Average Retainer Timeline

Every situation differs. Your dentist will discuss your retainer timeline and what you can expect along the way. Initially, your dentist will probably instruct you to wear your retainers as much as possible, about 20 hours per day. You should only remove it for oral hygiene and meals. You can expect to need your retainers at all times for about 3-6 months. After that time, you may only need to wear them at night. Typically, after 12 months, your retainers will only be needed 3-5 times each week. If your retainers feel tight, you may not be wearing them enough. 

Caring for Your Retainers

Your retainers must last. You can prevent damaging them or needing replacements often by following a few tips:

  • Always keep your retainers in their storage case when not wearing them.
  • Keep your retainers clean using special tablets or soap and water.
  • Remove your retainers when eating or drinking anything except water.
  • Don’t drink any hot liquids while wearing your retainers to prevent warping.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

Your new smile can stay straight and beautiful for a lifetime. Commit to wearing your retainers as instructed by your dentist to preserve your investment.

About Dr. Syria Dhoan

Dr. Dhaon earned her dental degree from Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry and has continued her training in many specialties, including dental implants, laser dentistry, and Invisalign. She strives to create healthy, confident smiles using the latest innovations in dentistry. Request an appointment through her website or call her office at (254) 848-0240.

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