There’s nothing more exciting than hearing that your Invisalign treatment is complete. After wearing your invisible braces for months, you can finally smile with total confidence! But after working so diligently, you want to do everything you can to maintain your results.
Here are some of the top post-care tips that will supplement your Invisalign results.
Wear your retainer
The most important thing to do after finishing your Invisalign treatment is to wear your retainer consistently. Your retainer works to keep your newly positioned teeth in place so that your new smile looks as good as it does today years from now.
Once your teeth are properly positioned, new bone grows around the tooth to keep it in place. This process, known as bone remodeling, can take anywhere from 9-12 months, or longer. Your retainer prevents the teeth from shifting during this time.
Not wearing your retainer as instructed or consistently means that your teeth will gradually shift back to their original place. This not only ruins your perfect smile, it also means that you’ve wasted months of time and a lot of money.
Maintain a healthy dental routine
Keeping up with your dental and oral health habits are just as important as they were during your Invisalign treatment. Now that you finally have the smile you’ve always wanted, you’ll want to brush and floss regularly to prevent cavities while also keeping your teeth white and bright.
Be sure to brush at least twice a day or after each meal and floss at least once a day. Brushing and flossing remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria from the teeth, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease if left unaddressed.
If you experience tooth sensitivity after completing Invisalign treatment, you’ll want to use a special toothpaste to ease discomfort.
Stay up to date with cleanings & checkups
Maintaining your healthy smile is much easier when you schedule routine cleanings and checkups with your dentist. During each visit, your dentist will evaluate your teeth and address any problems such as tooth decay or plaque buildup.
By having your teeth professionally cleaned and polished, all traces of plaque and tartar can be removed. You’ll be left with a sparkling smile that looks and feels clean.
The team at I Song Orthodontics is here to help you maintain your smile post-Invisalign treatment. Contact us today at (510) 528-2220 to schedule an appointment.