When your treatment with Invisalign comes to an end at Whittle Dentistry in Benbrook, TX the next step is a retainer. Retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new positions, and are either removable or permanent.
Removable retainers are fairly easy to use and care for, and they make brushing and flossing easier and more comfortable. The retainer is placed in at night, worn while you sleep and taken out in the morning. Retainer schedules may vary from individual to individual, but there are generally times during the day where Dr. William Whittle may or may not mandate wearing it. Dr. Whittle stresses that this can lead to forgetfulness however and if you don’t remember to wear the retainer you won’t benefit from it completely.
Permanent retainers are more effective than removable retainers, and are a great option for patients who don’t want the extra responsibility of retainer schedules. The only thing you should be mindful of with a permanent retainer is that it may be more difficult to floss, but Dr. Whittle can help show you how to quickly and effectively do so.
Both may be recommended in some cases with a permanent retainer on the bottom and a removable one on top. Whatever the case may be, be sure to follow Dr. Whittle’s advice when using and caring for a retainer.
Post-Invisalign, Dr. Whittle will encourage you to stick to your Invisalign®-friendly diet for a little while longer, and just like your aligners in the beginning, it will take some time to get used to your retainer. It will be difficult to speak normally at first, Dr. Whittle recommends practicing speaking, reading aloud and/or singing as much as you can. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Whittle at 817.249.5522.