Invisalign Retainers: Post-treatment Advice

Wear your retainers consistently


Follow your orthodontist’s instructions on how often and for how long you should wear your retainers. Typically, they are worn full-time for a few months and then gradually transitioned to nighttime-only wear. Consistency is key to preventing your teeth from shifting back.

Clean your retainers

 Proper hygiene is essential to prevent bacteria buildup and odors. Clean your retainers daily using a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can be abrasive and scratch the retainers.

Keep them away from pets

Pets may be attracted to retainers due to their scent or texture. Keep your retainers in a secure place to prevent them from becoming chew toys.

Maintain good oral hygiene

Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent plaque buildup. Remove your retainers before eating or drinking anything other than plain water.

Stay vigilant

Pay attention to any changes in your teeth alignment. If you notice any shifting or discomfort, contact your orthodontist promptly. They can recommend the appropriate course of action to prevent further issues.

Stay committed

Remember that maintaining your newly aligned teeth is an ongoing commitment. Skipping retainer wear or neglecting oral hygiene can lead to relapse, causing your teeth to shift back to their original positions.

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