5 Amazing Facts About Post Invisalign Treatment

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LAST UPDATED: JULY 29, 2016

After you finish your Invisalign treatment, you will have straighter teeth. However, the new challenge involves keeping them straight. To maintain an even smile, several precautions must be taken.

Why Teeth Shift After Braces Are Removed

Most people think that their treatment is complete after their braces are no longer needed. However, the process of maintaining straight teeth is a daily chore. Typically, your teeth will try to move back to their original spots. So, if there is space left between your teeth after the braces are removed, they will shift.

Life After Braces FAQ

How do I maintain the invisalign results with a retainer? 

You must follow a new routine after your braces are removed. To keep your teeth straight, you will need an upper retainer. However, a doctor must provide details about how and when to wear the retainer. After you wear the retainer for a certain amount of time, your specialist might recommend you to wear it only during the night.

What are my retainer options?

The two basic retainer options are a fixed appliance and a removable appliance. Fixed retainers are bonded into the teeth. So, if you lack confidence, this option is not the best choice. The biggest disadvantage, however, is that fixed retainers make brushing and flossing difficult. This is why it is not a good solution for kids. Because brushing and flossing will be a challenge for children, they will likely clean their teeth inefficiently. As a result, tartar and plaque will build up on their teeth. A removable retainer is a better option. It looks like an Invisalign aligner, but it only holds the teeth in place. Also, you will not have to replace the appliance every few weeks. You can wear the retainer for a longer time frame.

How do I take care of my retainers?

After you wear a retainer for several hours, bacteria and plaque will gather inside of the appliance. However, by implementing a few simple procedures, you can keep the appliance clean and odor-free. To clean the retainer, rinse the surfaces with cold or warm water. Then, put the appliance in a cup and submerged it in vinegar. The retainer should remain in the solution for at least two to five minutes. Never soak the appliance any longer than that because the vinegar will destroy the plastic. Once the retainer has soaked, remove it from the solution and scrub the surfaces carefully with a toothbrush. Finally, rinse the appliance thoroughly with cold or warm water.

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Prevent Shifting By Taking Care Of Your Teeth

Tooth loss is the main reason why a tooth shifts. Basically, when a tooth is lost, the remaining teeth move into the missing space. When the surrounding teeth shift, they affect the appearance of your smile and the efficiency of your bite. In addition, the crowding will cause major discomfort. Also, in some cases, a shifting tooth could lead to a TMJ disorder.

To prevent major shifting, visit a dentist the moment you notice something odd. Because shifting teeth is a major dental problem, you must schedule a check-up right away. Many patients teeth shift shortly after they remove their braces. According to experts, teeth move into new positions when patients bite into different foods. However, because movable in undesirable, orthodontists try to stop as much shifting as they can.

Invisalign – Before And After – Keep Your Teeth Straight By Wearing A Retainer

A retainer is an efficient appliance because it prevents tooth movement after braces are removed. Because everyone has different dental needs, the length of time that a retainer should be worn varies. Basically, you must monitor your teeth for several months after your braces come off. Also, you must wear your retainer based on the number of hours that your orthodontist recommends. If you fail to wear the retainer each day, you will need to wear braces all over again.

If your teeth shift while you are wearing a retainer, you might need a bonded retainer. Later, you can have the retainer removed after your teeth become more stable. However, if you have a narrow bite, a bonded retainer will not help because there will be no room for the retainer. A bonded retainer must fit firmly behind the front teeth.

If you discover tiny changes several days after your braces are removed, your orthodontist will need to replace or adjust your retainer. The moment you notice an issue, you must contact your orthodontist. If you delay the appointment, you will need a more extensive treatment.

Although most people wear a retainer to keep their teeth straight, the appliance offers other benefits as well. For example, it protects your teeth from nightly grinding. However, because a retainer is made of plastic, constant grinding can damage the appliance. So, to protect your teeth and your retainer, you must manage your grinding habits.

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Advice to Prevent Grinding

Anxiety and stress causes grinding while you sleep. Because grinding occurs during a nap, most people do not know that they have the medical condition. However, there are a few symptoms to consider, such as a sore jaw or a headache.

  • If you grind your teeth, you should visit a dentist. Chronic teeth grinding can damage your retainer and loosen your teeth. In some cases, severe grinding may also wear your teeth completely down. If this happens, you will need to obtain crowns, implants, bridges, or dentures from an orthodontist.
  • If stress is causing the grinding, your dentist or doctor will help you lower your stress levels. Stress counseling, physical therapy, and exercise are effective solutions that reduce stress.
  • Besides stress, other things can cause grinding too. For example, if you drink coffee, you will grind your teeth often at night.
  • Alcoholic beverages should be consumed occasionally because alcohol intensifies the grinding.
  • Never chew on pens, pencils, or gum. By not chewing, your jaw muscles will adjust to clenching. As a result, you will less likely grind your teeth.

Contact Nalchajian Orthodontics Today

Nalchajian Orthodontics located in California has two qualified professionals who can determine if you need braces. They are:

Dr. Nicole Nalchajian – Dr. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley in 1994. She spent nine months in Costa Rica doing volunteer work in rural areas and studying at the University of Costa Rica. Dr. Nicole received her dental and orthodontic degrees from the University of the Pacific and then joined the practice in 1999.
Dr. Greg Nalchajian – Dr. Greg is a native of Fresno. He graduated from Bullard High School and received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UC Irvine in 1982. Prior to his dental training, he worked as an Aerospace Engineer.  We like to call him our very own “Rocket Scientist.”  He received his dental degree from USC and his certificate in orthodontics from the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York. He has been an orthodontic specialist since 1990. Dr. Greg is also an Invisalign Top 1% Provider. This means he has a whole lot more experience and ongoing training than other providers of Invisalign.

You can find out more about braces or aligners that meet the requirements of children, teenager or adults by calling one of these Nalchajian Orthodontics offices:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

Our offices are fully equipped with state of the art technology and diagnostic equipment. Every patient visiting Nalchajian Orthodontics receives one complimentary consultation to learn more about the types of aligners and braces necessary for straightening their teeth.

The Nalchajian Mission Statement:

Team Nalchajian knows that Smiles have no boundaries.

With much Gratitude, Compassion and Integrity,

we look forward to creating Smiles that Last a Lifetime!

 

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

1615 Shaw Ave #107
Clovis CA 93611
Phone: (559) 299-9561

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