Do I Have to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign® Treatment?
Whether you’re a Redondo Beach resident who is considering Invisalign® treatment, or you’re currently in the middle of your treatment, you may be wondering whether or not you’ll have to wear a retainer after your teeth have straightened out. The quick answer is, yes. Our doctors at Redondo Beach Dental Group recommend their patients wear retainers to maintain the alignment of their teeth. After all, you wouldn’t want all that hard work to go to waste! As with many things, our doctors like to give their patients in Redondo Beach options; therefore, they offer a couple of different options when it comes to retainers, which we will discuss below.
What Is Invisalign®?
When Redondo Beach residents choose to have their teeth straightened using Invisalign®, they will be able to avoid the restrictions of brackets and wires that come with traditional metal braces. Invisalign® treatments come in a series of clear aligners that are removable. By changing the aligners over the course of your treatment, your teeth will gradually straighten.
Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible and are designed specifically for each individual. They can be removed to eat or drink, or for special occasions like family pictures. They are made out of a clear, thin, thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®, and are FDA-approved.
What Type of Retainers Can I Choose from?
After you have completed your Invisalign® treatment, it is important that you wear a retainer, so you don’t lose your perfectly straight smile. At Redondo Beach Dental Group, our doctors know that not everyone has the same preferences when it comes to retainers. Some people would prefer to wear a retainer they can take out, while others would like to have a permanent solution, so they can avoid dealing with having to keep up with a removable retainer. Whatever your preference, we have a solution for you.
- Vivera® Retainers – If you’re interested in a retainer you can remove, our doctors recommend using Vivera® retainers. These are made by Invisalign®, so they are a perfect follow up to the Invisalign® treatment. They are custom-made, just like Invisalign® and each Redondo Beach resident’s measurements will be kept on file. This makes it easy to replace a lost retainer.
- Bonded Retainers – Redondo Beach Dental Group also offers permanent bonded retainers that are custom-fit. A bonded retainer is a very thin wire that is attached to the back of the teeth. These retainers aren’t visible when you smile, but patients can feel them with their tongue and often find it takes some time to get used to the sensation.
Call Our Office Today to Schedule Your Initial Consultation for Invisalign® Treatments
If you have been struggling with crooked teeth, or a smile that just doesn’t give you the overall look you want or desire, call Redondo Beach Dental Group today to learn more about Invisalign® treatments. Our doctors are committed to their patients and their families. During every appointment, they will listen carefully to your needs and goals to create a customized treatment plan that will help you get the smile of your dreams.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign® treatments, call our Redondo Beach office today at (310) 542-6988.