Congratulations on finishing your Invisalign treatment! Now that it’s over, what’s next? Something very important – maintenance. With proper maintenance you can keep your teeth straight and prevent them from relapsing into a previous location.
Step 1: Wear Your Retainers
Even though your treatment is complete, you still need to wear your retainers. It may have been 5 or 10 years since you completed your treatment, but it’s still important to wear and care for your retainers. Although new bone formation will help preserve the location of your teeth, the tissues around your teeth have a memory and commonly try to “bounce back” after orthodontic treatment. Retainers prevent this from happening, or correct it quickly before it gets worse.
Step 2: Keep Follow Up Appointments
Having your dentist oversee your care will save you from complications later on. Even mild undesirable tooth movement can contribute to other types of problems that you wouldn’t expect. During your bi-annual preventive care appointments your dentist will also check your bite and occlusal patterns as an effort to ensure long-term success.
Step 3: Watch Your Teeth
Mild tooth shifting is a common occurrence over time. Noticing this shifting in its earliest stages can help you correct complications like this before it’s too late. If wearing your retainer less frequently is causing the problem, it’s important to begin wearing it regularly again to move your teeth back where they are supposed to be.
With regular maintenance you can keep your teeth straight for a lifetime. If you’re nearing the end of your Invisalign treatment or are still considering the option of treatment – talk to your dentist about what’s next.
Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
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