Congratulations on getting orthodontic treatment for the health and look of your smile! To maintain that beautiful alignment with Invisalign® clear aligners, you will need to wear a retainer.
Why Wear a Retainer?
Your newly straightened teeth won’t be able to hold their new positions without a placeholder to maintain them. In orthodontic lingo, we call that retention, meaning your teeth retain their position instead of gravitating back to their old places. Your teeth are actually kept in their place by a tissue layer of cementum, which weakens when the teeth are manually moved. Think of a rubber band, this layer of cementum will try to pull your gums back to where they started after your orthodontic treatment. Wearing a retainer keeps the cementum staying in its new position while your teeth and tissue fully adjust.
How Does Your Retainer Support Your Smile?
- Stabilizes your bite so the soft tissues and bone have time to adjust after alignment.
- Protects your mouth from improperly erupting wisdom teeth.
- Keeps the bones and gums aligned with your teeth for years to come.
- Prevents needing more orthodontic treatment later (if your teeth shift).
We offer a clear plastic retainer made from plastic that conforms to your teeth for a perfect fit while keeping them in place. Wear your removable retainer as directed and clean it using cool water to avoid warping. Don’t wear your retainer while dining, and keep it in a sturdy container case when you take it out so you don’t lose it. Don’t use abrasive cleaners like toothpaste or baking soda to clean your retainer and brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
We hope you love your straightened teeth and are committed to protecting them by properly wearing your retainer. After investing in a beautiful smile, you can easily keep it that way by taking good care of your teeth, gums and retainer every day!