What to Expect After Invisalign Treatment?

Posted July 11, 2020 by in Health + Fitness
Woman with Invisalign

You have decided to go for  invisible aligners instead of braces and wonder what to expect after treatment. Even with your dentist assuring you that all will be well afterward, it is reasonable to get a bit uncomfortable before the procedure. 

Going for orthodontic treatment may be the best way to correct some dental-related problems. While there is the option of fixing traditional braces on the teeth, many teens choose to go with Invisalign since it is less conspicuous. If you are scheduled for your first fitting or will be removing the last set of aligners soon, you may want to brace up for the days ahead:

Invisalign treatment

Active and Retention Phases 

There are two phases, the Invisalign before and after treatment. The first stage commences once you are scheduled for treatment and all the necessary follow-up steps until the aligners are fitted. The next phase consists of all the procedures that follow after the aligners have been removed. 

The way your orthodontist manages both stages will determine your overall experience at the end of the day. There are different processes involved in each phase, but while the treatment method depends mainly on your dentist, the general approach usually includes some of the steps below. 

Active/Treatment Phase 

This phase commences with tests and 3D scanning of the mouth to determine how the aligners will be installed. Technology plays an important here, as it helps to make it easy for the specialist to know exactly the best form of treatment. 

The test result will determine whether to straighten teeth or correct bites. High definition imaging of the mouth helps to reveal a clear picture of the teeth and jaw. These images help to know the exact positions to place the aligners. 

Treatment commences with the installation of your first set of aligners. You may be scheduled for a few more sessions where the old ones will be removed, and a new set installed. The fittings will stop once it is clear that your teeth are correctly aligned. Then it will be time to begin the next phase, which involves proper maintenance. You can check this page https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/finding-dentist for how to find a dentist to help out with dental alignment. 

Retention Phase

Once the last set of aligners have been removed, you will have to take appropriate measure to ensure the treatment last forever. Without proper maintenance, you could suffer a misalignment or cause your tooth to shake again. Either way, you lose all money and effort spend on your treatment. 

The quickest way to get a permanent result is to make use of a retainer to hold things in place. You don’t have to worry about uncomfortable mouth braces as there are options that are comfortable and barely noticeable. 

At the beginning of the retention stage, you may need to wear your retainers for an extended period. For teens, this could last for a month while adults could wear theirs for longer. It is not advisable to skip out on retainers as they help to hold your teeth in position. 

Types of Retainers 

There are two types of retainers you can choose from, and they are:

Temporary Retainers 

These types are designed to be removable. It features two binds, a wire, and a bright wedge that resembles the Invisalign tray. While you can choose either one, the Invisalign wedge-like tray could provide more pressure than a wire bind. 

Fixed Retainers

This is a fixed metal wire that is glued to your mouth underneath your tongue. If you lose your temporary retainers, you may have to go for these as they rarely come out of place. You can check here to learn more about the different types of retainers. 

Whether you need to wear yours always is entirely up to you, but most dentists will customize yours based on your smile. The base material is a plastic that is clear and easily attached to the teeth. Some options may include a metal coating or mix of other materials; however, you want to be sure it is strong enough. 

woman holding up two retainers

Caring for Your Retainers 

While you may have to wear them for a long time, you want to replace them as soon as you notice any wear and tear. Although they are designed to hold your teeth in place, so you can expect them to be durable. You could also guarantee they last long by 

  • Clean your retainer with a recommended cleaning solution once weekly. You can do this with a soft brush around the side and soaking it for a few minutes. 
  • Take out removable retainers during meals or when you are having a drink. Moving the mouth at a fast, uncontrollable pace could cause your binders to shift. Also, coffee and tea stains could make cleaning a lot stressful. 
  • Brush around fixed retainers and floss daily to remove any food particles that get stuck on the wire. You want to do to prevent mouth odor and tooth decay. 
  • Avoid taking part in sporting events with your retainers in place. Take them out and store safely until you are done with sports and ready to put it back in. 
  • If you need to make any adjustments to your retainers, check with your dentist and avoid doing it yourself. 

You can find more here https://www.wikihow.health/Take-Care-of-Your-Retainer on how to take proper care of your retainers. 

After completion of your treatment, the retention phase continues until you are sure you have achieved the smile you want. 

While oral hygiene is essential always, you want to be extra careful with Invisalign in place. Checking up with your dentist regularly and staying away from greasy and sticky food will also help you. 

Having a spare retainer may also come in handy as it is common to misplace them, especially when you fix them in for the first time. The best brands come with a spare in the box, so you may want to ensure you have one lying around the house. 

Have you had Invisalign? Let us know in the comments below!