Congratulations! You’ve completed your Invisalign journey, and your smile now shines! But before you bid farewell to your orthodontic treatment with Clear Smiles Orthodontics, we must discuss an essential topic: orthodontic retainers. Many people underestimate the importance of retainers, assuming that the hard work is over once you’ve finished treatment. 

What are retainers?

Orthodontic retainers are custom-made dental appliances designed to maintain the position of your newly aligned teeth after treatment. While your Invisalign effectively moves your teeth into their desired positions, they haven’t settled into their new homes just yet. Your teeth have a memory of their original locations and tend to shift back if not properly secured. 

Retainers help stabilise your teeth in their corrected positions. They help to ensure that your teeth don’t revert to their previous misaligned state. Without retainers, there’s a risk of relapse, where teeth slowly move back to their original positions. This can lead to all your hard work during your treatment going to waste. Orthodontic treatment can be a significant financial and time investment. Wearing retainers is a way to protect that investment and maintain your beautiful smile for years to come.

What happens if you don’t wear them after your Invisalign is finished?

Let’s see what might happen if you neglect to wear them.

So what’s next?

At Clear Smiles Orthodontics, the retention stage of your Invisalign treatment will be discussed with you. Retainers play a critical role in ensuring that your newly aligned smile remains stable and beautiful. Neglecting to wear your retainers could lead to the undoing of all the hard work and dedication you put into your Invisalign treatment. Embrace your retainers, wear them as directed, and enjoy a lifetime of confident and well-aligned teeth. Your future self will thank you for it! If you’d like to make an appointment with Dr Semaan and his amazing team at Clear Smiles Orthodontics, book a consultation and let’s chat!