Invisalign Teen is a wonderful program that allows a young person to have their teeth straightened without having to deal with metal braces. But as with any orthodontic program, once the goal of correcting the occlusion and straightening the teeth has been reached, the final step is to allow teeth to develop a memory of their new placement. That is the job of the retainer.
Depending on the extent of the work that was needed, the length of time required to wear the retainer may fluctuate as well as the type of retainer recommended. The retainer should be worn 24/7 for as long as prescribed. After a certain amount of time, the retainer may only need to be worn at night.
But one very important fact to remember … you and your teen went through the work and investment to enjoy a beautiful smile and to correct their bite; why would anyone risk that by ignoring the final step of treatment and not wearing their retainer?
With Invisalign Teen, the retainer is similar to the invisible aligners worn during the teeth straightening process. And like the aligners, the retainer is removed for snacks and meals; and to perform the daily hygiene regimen.
The Invisalign retainer might feel a little more rigid than the aligners worn during straightening … it needs to be strong enough to hold teeth in place. But it is comfortable … there will be no oral abrasions to suffer through.
With Invisalign Teen, more than one retainer is often provided in the event of loss or use results in wear and tear. After all, many Invisalign patients wear their retainers for years to keep teeth stabilized after completing treatment.
Make sure your teen follows the instructions provided by the orthodontist to reap the maximum benefits of the teeth straightening program; brush twice daily and floss while wearing Invisalign so teeth will be their healthiest; and your child will enjoy a beautiful smile designed to last a lifetime.
Contact Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 to schedule an Invisalign consultation today.