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You’ve finished Invisalign – now what?

Retainers after Invisalign

Discover what to expect after completing your Invisalign treatment and how to maintain your new, beautiful smile. You’ve worked hard for this moment, and now it’s time to ensure that your results last a lifetime.

Congrats on completing your Invisalign journey

Firstly, congratulations on completing your Invisalign treatment! This is no small feat, and you should be incredibly proud of the transformation you’ve achieved. Your dedication and patience have paid off, resulting in a straighter, more confident smile.

Now that you’ve reached this milestone, what’s next?

The importance of retainers

One of the most crucial steps of your post-Invisalign care is wearing retainers. Why are they so important? Simply put, retainers help maintain the alignment of your teeth by preventing them from shifting back to their original positions. Without retainers, all the progress made during your Invisalign treatment could be lost over time.

There are different types of retainers available: removable retainers and fixed (or bonded) retainers. Removable retainers, such as Essix retainers, fit over your teeth like a nightguard and are usually worn at night. Fixed retainers are attached to the back of your teeth and offer a discreet and more permanent solution.

All our brace packages include retainers, and we can talk to you about which type of retainer best suits you needs. Many patients combine fixed and removable retainers for maximum peace of mind.
You’ll need to wear retainers indefinitely, or there’s always a chance your teeth could relapse.

Post-treatment dental care

Maintaining good oral hygiene is paramount to keeping your teeth healthy after orthodontic treatment. Here are some of our top tips post-Invisalign:

Brush regularly: brush at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste.

Floss daily: clean between your teeth to remove plaque and food particles from areas your toothbrush can’t reach.

Use mouthwash: rinse with a mouthwash that contains fluoride to help reduce plaque and freshen breath (use it at a different time to brushing).

Prevent stains: limit consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco products that can discolour your teeth.

Invisalign aftercare

Your Invisalign treatment will include a dental health check and one-year of aftercare. During this time, we’ll monitor your results and make sure your teeth stay perfectly aligned

During your follow-up appointment, we’ll examine the fit of your retainer and check for any signs of movement.

Your retainers will be guaranteed for 12 months for manufacturing faults. If you have any problems, just give us a call.

We’re here to help

It’s not uncommon to have concerns after finishing Invisalign treatment. You might wonder about minor discomforts or notice slight movements in your teeth.

Common issues include:

Minor shifts: slight movements can occur; wearing your retainer as prescribed usually resolves this.

Discomfort: Some initial minor discomfort when adjusting to a new retainer is normal.

Retention issues: If your retainer feels loose or breaks, contact us immediately for advice.

Always feel free to reach out if anything seems amiss. We’re here to support you every step of the way.

Enhancing your smile further

Now that you have beautifully aligned teeth, you might consider additional cosmetic dental options to enhance your smile further.

We include home teeth whitening and contouring as standard with Invisalign and fixed braces. If there are other aspects of your smile that you would like to improve, we can provide a quote for complementary treatments such as porcelain veneers and composite bonding.

Bonding is a popular add-on to orthodontic treatment that allows us to skilfully reshape your teeth using a composite resin (the same material used for white fillings). Composite bonding is quick, painless and can achieve amazing results. We can perfect irregularities, chips and stains in one appointment.

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule a free consultation with us today to discuss any questions you have about life after Invisalign or explore further cosmetic options to enhance your beautiful new smile! We’re here to help you maintain your smile for years to come.

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