After getting your braces taken off, your dentist likely stressed the importance of wearing your retainer to preserve your results. However, one study revealed that one in five patients stop using it within 19 to 24 minutes of completing orthodontic treatment. Are you a part of this statistic? If so, your teeth might have gradually shifted back into their pre-braces position. Since you had a metal mouth when you were younger, you’re probably considering using Invisalign this time around – but is that possible? Here’s what you need to know about wearing Invisalign after braces.
What Is Invisalign?
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 your teeth to gradually shift them into a more desirable position. Each aligner is custom-fit by your dental office and usually worn for two weeks, slowly moving a portion of your smile each time. Invisalign is one of the most popular options available today, largely because they’re removable, comfortable, and discreet!
Can You Get Invisalign If You’ve Already Had Braces?
Usually, the answer is yes – you can get Invisalign if you’ve already had braces! However, your dentist will need to examine your teeth to determine if it’s the best solution for your smile. Plenty of adults use Invisalign to correct misalignment that occurred because they didn’t wear their retainers after braces. In some cases, the misalignment might even be as bad as it was before any orthodontic treatment! Fortunately, Invisalign can correct these issues much more quickly and discreetly.
Mild spacing and crowding issues can typically be corrected within six months. On the other hand, patients with severe misalignment and bite correction needs might finish their journey in one to two years. Keep in mind that after treatment, you must wear your retainer as instructed to prevent your teeth from moving again.
The Advantages of Invisalign
If you’ve worn braces in the past, you’ll quickly notice the advantages 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 – In most cases, treatment can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to complete. Although it can vary depending on the severity of your issues, the length of 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 dentist 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 Practice
At 918 Dentist, we go above and beyond to provide dental care that is bound to exceed even your highest expectations. We offer exceptional, comprehensive, individually tailored services that are guaranteed to leave you smiling. If you’re interested in getting Invisalign after braces, our team is more than happy to help you get started. Visit our website or call (918) 216-1000 to schedule a consultation.