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How Can I Keep My Teeth Straight After My Invisalign® Treatment?

Dec 14, 2023

How Can I Keep My Teeth Straight After My Invisalign® Treatment?

You’ve completed your Invisalign® treatment, but do you know how to keep your new smile perfect post-aligners? Here are the top tips to keep your teeth straight after your clear aligner treatment.

After spending time, money, and energy on Invisalign®, you want to do all you can to keep your new smile perfect. Just as with traditional metal braces, it’s possible for teeth to shift after your Invisalign treatment without an important bit of maintenance.

At Los Altos Family Smiles, our Invisalign experts want you to get the most out of your alignment procedure by keeping your teeth straight once you’re done with your Invisalign trays.

Key steps to straightness

Invisalign makes the smile of your dreams possible with clear aligners that are more discreet and comfortable than metal braces. Similar to braces, however, there’s maintenance necessary after the central portion of your alignment process. These stages protect the investment you’ve made in your smile. 

Keep up with oral hygiene

After Invisalign, it’s crucial to maintain your oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing thoroughly is even more important than before, as plaque buildup and gum disease cause bone loss, and that leads to loosening, shifting teeth, conditions that could reverse the progress Invisalign made.

Avoid damage to your teeth

It may seem obvious, but don’t forget, you’re protecting an investment. Consider wearing a custom mouthguard when playing sports. A similar device prevents damage from bruxism, also known as grinding your teeth. Avoid chewing hard foods, such as hard candies, ice, or things like cherries and popcorn that can have hidden tooth-damaging surprises.

Visit the dentist regularly

Regular check-ups and cleanings are essential to make sure your teeth are at their best. Combined with good brushing and flossing, being up-to-date on your dental cleanings ensures you’re free of gum disease and plaque build-up. We can also check that your Invisalign results are still in place. 

Remember your retainer

The most important piece of advice when it comes to keeping your teeth straight after your Invisalign treatment is to wear your retainer. An orthodontic retainer (such as the Vivera® retainer recommended by Invisalign) is custom-fit to help keep your newly aligned teeth in position. 

Directly following Invisalign treatment, most people wear the retainer 22 hours a day for a period of six months to two years, after which only night-time wear is necessary. Your dentist instructs you on how and when to wear your retainer based on your unique needs.

Signs your teeth may be shifting back after Invisalign

Once you’ve achieved your perfect smile with an Invisalign treatment, you want to make sure it stays that way. Keep watch for these signs that your teeth may be shifting out of alignment:

  • Your bite (the position in which your upper and lower teeth naturally meet) has changed
  • You begin to notice gaps forming between teeth
  • Your retainer isn’t fitting properly

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, or if you just want to make sure your teeth are their best after completing your Invisalign treatment, Dr. Sheena Vaswani and the team at Los Altos Family Smiles are here for you at our conveniently located office in Rancho Shopping Center, Los Altos, California. Book your appointment today by phone or online.