Should I Wear My Invisalign Retainer?

Should I Wear My Invisalign Retainer?
Posted on 03/10/2017

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Treatment for an orthodontic issue with Invisalign clear aligners has been a popular choice for teens and adults in Clark County, WA. Many patients of Dr. Pritchard and the professionals at Pritchard Orthodontics have straightened their smiles and restored their confidence by using Invisalign to correct their orthodontic concerns. Patients treated with Invisalign enjoy comfort and convenience while getting the results they’ve been anticipating. But to keep these results long lasting and attractive, Invisalign patients are directed by Dr. Pritchard and the professionals at Pritchard Orthodontics to wear a retainer after the conclusion of their course of treatment with Invisalign.

Retainers are specially molded plastic appliances that work to keep the teeth aligned after the heavy work of moving them into their correct position is complete. Dr. Pritchard and Pritchard Orthodontics recommend to their patients that they wear a retainer for as long as they want their teeth to remain straight. Like Invisalign trays, retainers can be removed to eat, brush, and floss. Most retainers are worn overnight.

Why Should I Wear My Invisalign Retainer?

For some patients, this may seem like a drag. You’ve already been through the treatment, why should you have to keep wearing something? Teeth move positions in the mouth naturally. This kind of movement can be expected even after completion of orthodontic treatment. This movement, however, can undo the results achieved by being treated with Invisalign. Wearing a retainer conscientiously will prevent teeth from reverting back to their untreated positions.

Wisdom Teeth 

Wisdom teeth emerge in early adulthood. They can overcrowd the already emerged teeth and try to bully their way in the mouth by pushing other teeth out of the way. Wearing a retainer after Invisalign treatment can help prevent the misalignment that emerging wisdom teeth can cause. Dr. Pritchard suggests the best solution to any wisdom tooth problems is to have them removed before starting orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

Bone Growth 

The new position of your teeth after treatment with Invisalign will stimulate new bone growth in your jaw. This will help your teeth maintain their position over time. However, bone growth is a slow and gradual process; slower and more gradual than the movement of teeth. If your teeth are not secured by bone, they won’t stay in their positions for very long. 

Bones Loss 

Bone loss may occur because of aging, and wearing a retainer will keep teeth secure and aligned. Retainers afford your teeth the time and stability they need to become secure and set in their new positions. Wearing a retainer is the insurance you can rely on to keep your treatment results intact for the rest of your life. 

For more information about Invisalign, retainers, or other orthodontic treatment in Clark County, WA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics by calling: 360-667-4111


Dr. Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign retainers. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Hockinson, WA, Amboy, WA, Brush Prairie, WA, Yacolt, WA, Vancouver, or Battle Ground, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pritchard contact Pritchard Orthodontics at: 360-667-4111