Dr. Christel A. Hummert and the team at Garden State Orthodontics advise their patients in Springfield, NJ to wear a retainer conscientiously after their orthodontic treatments with Invisalign are complete. Wearing a retainer is an important step in orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth straight for a longer period of time. Teeth have a tendency to drift back into an incorrect position, even after years of wearing braces. A retainer helps patients maintain a healthy, attractive, hard-earned smiles. As a result, their treatment goals will be intact for as long as possible.
How a Retainer helps Invisalign Patients in Springfield, NJ
Teeth aren’t rigidly set into the jawbone. In fact, they’re held in place by a collection of fibers called periodontal ligaments. It will take some time after orthodontic treatment with braces for the ligaments to adjust to the teeth’s new position. Wearing a retainer will help keep the teeth after braces are taken off of the teeth. While sleeping, the periodontal ligaments make the most movement. That’s why it’s extremely important to wear a retainer during that time.
Patients are often fitted for a retainer after debanding
After debanding, or removal of braces, the teeth are cleaned thoroughly. Bite impressions and X-rays may be taken to determine the success of the treatment. This information is used to create a retainer that is specifically fitted for your teeth.
Retainers are available in several different forms
- A removable retainer is made from colored acrylic that is molded to fit your mouth. A metal wire wraps around the teeth to help keep their new position and can be adjusted to correct minor tooth movements.
- A clear, plastic retainer, similar in appearance to Invisalign trays, are also available. They’re made of thin, clear plastic which is custom molded to fit your teeth and appear virtually invisible. They are less durable than traditional retainers, and can warp if immersed in hot water.
- Fixed retainers are an option for those who have a high risk of tooth movement or reversion. A wire is bonded to the back surface of the teeth, making it virtually invisible. Thus, it is used for periods of months or longer.
Keep the retainer in its protective case when not in use so it can’t be lost. Clean it regularly with toothpaste and a brush. Stay away from whitening toothpastes as they may scratch the plastic aligner. Dentures cleaner is an effective product for cleaning plastic or removable retainers. They come in tablet or powder form. A fixed retainer requires brushing and flossing behind the teeth. Floss picks are especially handy as well.
Successful orthodontic treatment results
Require more than a course of treatment with braces. It’s always important to wear your retainer after your treatment with braces or Invisalign clear aligners. Long-term results are dependent on the patient wearing a retainer consistently to keep the teeth from reverting back to their misaligned position.
Dr. Hummert and Garden State Orthodontics help their patients in Springfied, NJ receive and keep a straight smile with Invisalign. They know that the longevity of orthodontic treatment results depends on a conscientiously-worn retainer. The final outcome is the teeth’s new position being steady and secure.