If you’ve completed treatment with traditional braces, you probably recall how your orthodontist emphasized the importance of wearing your retainer to keep your straightened teeth in line. However, a study revealed that one in five patients stops wearing it within 19-24 months of completing orthodontic treatment. Were you one of those patients that gave up on your retainer? If so, your teeth may have shifted back to their pre-braces position. Having experienced traditional braces, you may be considering Invisalign but is that possible? Read on to learn more from your orthodontist in Palm Harbor about wearing Invisalign after braces.
Why Is Invisalign Effective?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses a series of plastic trays to straighten your teeth. The clear aligners exert gentle but constant pressure on them to gradually shift your grin into a more desirable position. Each aligner is customized and usually worn for two weeks. Invisalign is one of the most popular options available today, largely because it is removable, comfortable, and discreet!
Will Invisalign Work If You’ve Already Had Braces?
Usually, you can get Invisalign if you’ve already had braces! However, your orthodontist will need to examine your teeth to determine if it’s the best solution for your smile. Some adults use Invisalign to correct misalignment that occurred because they didn’t wear their retainers after braces. In some cases, the alignment issues might even be as bad as they were before any treatment!
Fortunately, Invisalign can correct these issues more quickly and discreetly. Mild spacing and crowding issues can typically be fixed within six months. On the other hand, patients with severe misalignment and bite correction needs may require 1-2 years. Keep in mind that after treatment, you must wear your retainer as instructed to prevent your teeth from shifting again.
Advantages of Invisalign
If you’ve worn braces in the past, you’ll quickly notice the benefits of Invisalign, including:
- Increased Comfort – Unlike metal wires and brackets that poke your mouth, the smooth plastic aligners offer a much more comfortable orthodontic experience.
- Faster Treatment Time – Treatment averages 12 months to complete. Although it can vary depending on the severity of your issues, the length of Invisalign treatment will likely be shorter than your first stint with braces.
- Subtlety – The clear aligners are virtually invisible, meaning no one will even notice you’re wearing them! You can maintain a confident, natural-looking appearance throughout your treatment.
- Lower Maintenance – Because the trays are removable, there aren’t any dietary restrictions during treatment. Just remember to take them out before eating, drinking, or flossing and brushing your teeth.
Are you interested in getting Invisalign after braces? Contact your orthodontist in Palm Harbor and ask how you can get started on your journey. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful, straight smile once again!
About the Author
Dr. Alex Johnson earned his dental doctorate from Washington University and stayed to attain his orthodontic certificate as well. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and has completed continuing education courses at the prestigious Pankey Institute. If you are interested in Invisalign, Dr. Johnson has three decades of experience to ensure that you maximize your treatment results. You can schedule a consultation on his website or by calling (727) 786-7550.