What Happens When I'm Done with Invisalign® Treatment?

Jan 17, 2024
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Invisalign® offers a discreet method for correcting teeth alignment. But treatment doesn’t end when you finish your last set of aligners: Here’s what happens after Invisalign treatment is complete.

Invisalign® orthodontic treatment offers a discreet and convenient method for correcting dental alignment. But it’s important to understand that the post-treatment process is just as necessary to maintaining your new smile as wearing your aligners as prescribed during treatment. 

In this blog, the experienced team at TLN Family Dental shares what happens after your Invisalign treatment ends.

End stages of Invisalign

As you approach the end of your treatment, one of our providers will assess your progress. In some cases, additional refinements may be necessary to achieve optimal results, which might involve wearing a few more sets of aligners. You can move to the post-treatment phase once we confirm that your teeth have reached the desired position.

Maintain your new smile

The most critical step after completing Invisalign is retention. Teeth naturally tend to shift back to their original position, a process known as relapse. To prevent this, retainers are used.

Types of retainers

Retainers come in various types, each designed to suit different preferences and lifestyles. Our team helps you choose the right retainer for your needs. Some popular choices include:

Vivera retainers

Made by the makers of Invisalign, Vivera retainers are custom-fitted and resemble Invisalign aligners. They are durable and designed for long-term use.

Fixed retainers

These are thin wires bonded behind the teeth. They are a more permanent solution but require good oral hygiene to prevent plaque buildup.

Traditional removable retainers

Made of wire and acrylic, these retainers are less discreet but can be effective.

Wearing your retainer

Initially, you might need to wear your retainer full time, just like your Invisalign aligners. Gradually, the duration will decrease, and you may only need to wear it at night. 

Post-treatment checkups

Regular dental checkups are essential after completing Invisalign treatment. These appointments allow our team to monitor your teeth and ensure they remain in their new position. These visits also provide an opportunity to address any concerns you might have.

Maintain good oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene is vital throughout the Invisalign treatment and continues to be important afterward. Regular brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings, will keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.

Life after Invisalign

Once your Invisalign treatment is complete and you've transitioned to a retainer, you must adjust to your new dental routine. This includes:

  • Wearing and caring for your retainer as instructed
  • Continuing with good oral hygiene practices
  • Attending regular dental checkups

With proper retainer use and oral care, the results of your Invisalign treatment can last a lifetime. It's important to remain committed to your dental health to ensure that your investment in your smile pays off for years to come.

Completing Invisalign treatment is a significant milestone, but it's just the beginning of your journey to maintaining a beautiful smile. Understanding the importance of retention and continuing with good oral hygiene allows you to enjoy the results of your Invisalign treatment for a lifetime. 

Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more about Invisalign and orthodontic treatment options with the TLN Family Dental team at our Houston or Pearland, Texas location.