Caring For Your Smile After Invisalign
If you’ve just completed your Invisalign treatment, we congratulate you on your new straight smile. Although you may be done wearing your aligner trays, you are not done caring for your smile. Ensuring your teeth stay beautiful and healthy means keeping the following in mind when it comes to your oral hygiene:
Don’t be surprised if your dentist recommends a retainer after your Invisalign treatment. This is typically the case for younger patients whose wisdom teeth have not yet come in. A retainer holds your teeth in position so they do not shift back to their original placement. Always follow your dentist’s guidelines for retainer wear, such as avoiding hard, sticky foods and cleaning it properly.
Brushing and Flossing
Of course you will still need to maintain your brushing and flossing habits to protect your smile. Flossing removes plaque buildup that contributes to gum disease. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss, which will obviously undo your hard work with Invisalign. It is important to note that your teeth and gums may be somewhat sensitive after you stop wearing your aligners. This is only temporary, but using a toothpaste for tooth sensitivity can reduce discomfort.
Regular Dental Checkups
Keep up with your six-month dental exams. Your dentist needs to fully examine your teeth after your Invisalign treatment to ensure cavities or gum problems are addressed immediately. Your new smile will benefit from a thorough cleaning and polishing. Many patients also opt for a professional teeth-whitening treatment after Invisalign. Now that your teeth are straighter, you can brighten them for a more confident smile.
If you have any concerns with how your teeth look or feel after Invisalign, always discuss them with your dentist. Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic system that provides remarkable convenience and discretion – just don’t forget to take the necessary steps to retain your beautiful smile after your treatment is complete.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates