While we may have the best intentions when it comes to wearing our retainers after orthodontic treatment, it can be all too easy to slip out of the habit. If this is the case for you, there’s a chance you’ll have started to notice that your teeth aren’t as straight as they once were.
However, there’s no need to despair - thanks to innovative teeth-straightening treatment Invisalign®, you could get your beautifully-straight smile back again without any hassle.
What happens if you stop wearing your retainer?
While the orthodontic treatment you underwent will have done most of the work to gradually move your teeth into a better position, the process doesn’t end there.
After orthodontic treatment, your retainer helps your teeth stay set in their new positions. This is because as your body grows, your teeth naturally shift slightly. Wearing your retainer helps to control this shifting, keeping your smile nice and straight.
If you didn’t wear your retainer after having braces, there’s a chance your teeth may not be in the same straight position as they were when your treatment finished.
What should I do if I stopped wearing my retainer?
If you’re concerned about your teeth not being as straight as they were previously due to not wearing your retainer, the first step is to book an appointment with your National Dental Care / DB Dental dentist for an assessment.
In many cases, you’ll be able to undergo Invisalign® treatment, which uses clear aligners to move your teeth back into position. As Invisalign® is virtually invisible - as well as being a comfortable and faster-acting treatment compared to traditional metal braces - it’s a discreet, convenient and effective solution for achieving your perfect smile.
As everyone’s teeth are unique, your dentist will advise you on the best treatment option to bring your smile back into line.
How long will Invisalign® take to straighten my teeth?
Invisalign® takes between six and eighteen months to straighten your teeth. However, if your teeth haven’t moved entirely back to their original positions following your previous orthodontic treatment, it may take less time for this round of orthodontics to work.
Will I still need to wear a retainer after my Invisalign® treatment?
Most people will need to wear a retainer after Invisalign® has moved their teeth into the correct position. How often you’ll need to wear your retainer and how long you’ll need to wear it for will depend on your individual situation.
Here are some tips for using your retainer:
- Maintain a good oral hygiene routine, brushing teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
- Remove your retainers before you drink anything hot which could warp them.
- Avoid chewing on hard candy, as this can damage your retainer.
- Don’t use your last set of Invisalign aligners as a substitute for your retainer - these are only meant to be worn for a couple of weeks.
It’s important to remember that wearing your retainer is part of your investment in your new smile, so it’s well worth the effort to keep your teeth beautifully straight.
For more information on Invisalign® teeth straightening, speak with your National Dental Care / DB Dental dentist or Book Online today