It is always one of a dental patient’s favourite days; the braces are off!
Even when you have used invisible aligners to get a straighter smile, when you take that last aligner out of your mouth, it can feel like an enormous accomplishment. And it is!
After months of slotting aligners in and out of your mouth, it is finally time to show off the prize at the end; your new smile. Straighter, whiter and easier to clean, it will be nearly impossible to stop showing your teeth off!
However, while many dental patients are thoroughly versed in what to expect during treatment with Invisalign in Luton, there are few articles available that cover what you may experience once the procedure is complete. After all, treatment with an invisible brace is orthodontic and so, there may be some things to look out for in the first few months!
So, what are the things to be aware of in the first few months after the treatment with Invisalign from Luton is complete? Read on to find out!
Once the brace is off (even though it was removable!), your dentist is going to recommend a retainer.
Don’t worry; just like the invisible braces, this will be custom fitted to your teeth and will prevent them from moving back into their previous position. Retainers are more commonly used on the bottom jaw and are more beneficial to those who have had crowded teeth.
Depending on how confident your dentist is with the position of your new teeth after Invisalign from Luton, you may have to wear your retainer only at night, or you may also be required to wear it during the day too.
Many patients panic when they stop using their braces and their teeth begin to move.
Remember, the aligner or brace was holding your teeth in place and as your jaw is now softer after all that rearrangement, some movement is to be expected.
Of course, it is important to check with your dentist if this movement is within range. If they feel there is some excessive movement taking place, then you may need a firmer retainer or even more orthodontic treatments.
Even if you are worried that your teeth seem to be moving in all directions once you finish treatment with an invisible brace, your dentist may decide that you simply need to have your retainer tweaked. Indeed, many of the issues revolving around the setting of teeth post-aligner can be resolved with a simple change to the width or position of the retainer, so this is likely to be your dentist’s first option.
Unfortunately, while invisible braces are successful 97% of the time, you may be in that 3% and require some more treatment due to excessive movement once your initial treatment is completed.
But don’t worry; this will usually involve another discreet brace and, although it is likely to be for a longer period, it will ensure your smile stays in place.