Nearing the end of your orthodontic treatment is an exciting time. When you choose Invisalign in our Nederland, TX dental office, you will be able to admire your much straighter, new smile through your clear aligner trays throughout the process. Giving up your aligner trays at the end of treatment is exciting as well, but it is important to remember that an orthodontic retainer will play an important role in the future of your smile for the rest of your life.
Why Are Retainers Important?
Teeth will naturally want to drift back toward their original location. This will not happen all at once, but it may happen faster than you think! Just a couple of days without your retainer may mean it doesn’t fit properly, especially if you just finished your treatment.
We offer several types of retainers for you to use and will discuss the one that you feel will benefit you most.
Permanent retainer – Most people who choose Invisalign do not opt for this retainer style because it requires the use of brackets and wires, something you have chosen to avoid by opting for Invisalign.
Hawley retainers – Made of acrylic and wire, these retainers are a popular choice because they are durable.
Essix retainers – These look just like your Invisalign aligners, and patients often opt for these because they are invisible. Because they are a thin plastic design, you might need to replace it more often.
Completing orthodontic treatment is a big deal, and you probably will want to celebrate! Why not opt for professional teeth whitening to enhance your new smile? Having a bright smile to complement your new look after undergoing orthodontic treatment provides a stunning result.