Maintaining Your New Smile After Invisalign

Maintaining Your New Smile After Invisalign

Congratulations! You’ve now joined thousands of individuals across Perth and the millions around the world who have experienced the incredible results of Invisalign clear aligners.

This was a big first step in transforming your smile, and restoring the optimal alignment of your pearly whites.

But what’s next? Turns out, your journey isn’t over just yet. There are steps you’ll need to take to ensure your teeth remain in the proper position over time.

Invisalign Aftercare

As far as clear aligners go, Invisalign is the crème de la crème. Invisalign clear aligners have helped millions of individuals get the smile they deserve, while improving their overall oral health and wellness.

Despite being comfortable, affordable, fast and reliable, Invisalign does require aftercare to ensure those newfound results last for years to come. Failure to do so could result in what is known as ‘regression’, or a shifting of your teeth back out of position.

Why It’s Necessary 

Invisalign clear retainers exert a gentle consistent pressure or force on targeted teeth, helping them gradually and comfortably shift into optimal position, improving bite, aesthetics and oral health. Although we see the changes visually, structural changes and adaptations are happening on the cellular level, impacting tissues, periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone and more. 

When treatment is over, the assistance from clear aligners is notably absent, and a ‘retention’ phase is necessary in the orthodontic treatment process. 

Retainer Phase

At the end of your Invisalign treatment, you will graduate to the use of a retainer. This retainer aids in supporting the teeth in their desired position, and aids with minimising age-related structural changes to the teeth, gums, jaws, and ligaments. All of which assists with preventing teeth from drifting or shifting out of place. Use of a retainer may be prescribed full or part-time, but use is typically reduced over time, and eventually, you may only need to wear one at night.

Good Oral Health and Hygiene 

Overall oral health and wellness is not to be understated. It is important that you maintain your regular brushing and flossing routine, ideally brushing at least twice a day and/or after meals.

Regular Checkups 

Regular dental checkups allow us to evaluate your progress, positioning of the teeth, and to identify any potential issues or adjustments that need to be made. 

In Perth and Have More Questions About Invisalign or Maintaining Your Smile After Treatment?

Reach out to Dr Vicky Ho at Smile Design Studio and find out why so many Perth, WA area residents trust her and her team to keep them smiling happily and healthily.