If you have had Invisalign treatment, you know that retainers are an important part of the process. Without retainers, your teeth can become misaligned again and your treatment results will suffer. But can retainers be adjusted? The answer is yes. Fixed retainers can last up to 10 years, but may need some adjustment or repair along the way.
If your fixed retainer breaks without your knowledge, it can go unnoticed until your next appointment and cause your teeth to relapse, sliding back to their original positions, which can only be corrected with expensive Invisalign refinements or an entirely new treatment plan. When a person wears a retainer, they train their newly straightened teeth to stay in their new alignment. The retainer gives the teeth the time they need to “heal,” like a post that needs support until the cement that holds it dries. After a couple of months of wearing a retainer for 22 hours a day, the person's teeth will finally get used to their new alignment.
Stopping wearing your retainer after Invisalign braces will eventually affect the appearance of your smile, as well as your overall oral health. Invisalign retainers are invisible or nearly invisible and look and feel very similar to the Invisalign aligners you used during treatment. Invisalign clear aligners are designed to fit snugly around your teeth, so this shouldn't be a concern. Even though Invisalign moves teeth differently than traditional metal braces, the result remains the same. We ordered Vivera Invisalign retainers three by three, and you can expect them to last approximately 10 years.
They can easily use digital treatment records to order a new series of Invisalign Vivera retainers from you, and even mail them to your home. There are several options to make treatment with Invisalign more affordable for you, from using insurance and tax-free dollars to a monthly payment plan. Even after you finish treatment, you'll need to use a retainer to keep your teeth in their new alignment. Vivera retainers use patented SmartTrack material, for robust and effective retention of your smile; these retainers last longer and are up to 30% longer lasting than Essix retainers. Each set is designed to last a long time: they are up to 30% more durable than other clear retainers. Don't waste the investment you made in Invisalign treatment by skipping your retainers.
Trays do most of the work. There are no regular adjustments that need to be made and you don't have to worry about adjusting things. They are bonded together with dental cement and, although it is strong, it is possible for the wire to come off a tooth from time to time. You should see your dentist right away if this happens, as this tooth can move, but it's easy to put it back in. For this reason, you won't have to wear your orthodontic retainers as often to keep your beautiful smile straight.
Until the Invisalign retainers arrive, it's important to use the last Invisalign tray to prevent teeth from shifting.