Treatment for an orthodontic issue with Invisalign clear aligners has been a popular choice for teens and adults in Spring, TX. Many patients of Dr. Jim Watson have 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. Watson and the professionals at Watson Orthodontics to wear retainers following the conclusion of their 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. Watson and Watson 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 – and most retainers are only worn overnight.

4 Things Retainers Can Prevent

  1. Teeth movement. 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 naturally move in the mouth, and this kind of movement can be expected even after completion of orthodontic treatment. This movement can also undo the results achieved by being treated with Invisalign. Wearing a retainer conscientiously will prevent teeth from reverting back to their untreated positions.
  2. Overcrowding. 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. Watson suggests the best solution to any wisdom tooth problems is to have them removed before starting orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.
  3. Boss 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.

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. For more information about Invisalign, retainers, or other orthodontic treatment in Spring, TX, schedule a consultation with Dr. Watson and the team at Watson Orthodontics by contacting us today!

Dr. Jim Watson and the team at Watson Orthodontics are experts in retainers. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in the 77429 zip code: Cypress TX, Harris County TX, Houston TX, Spring TX, Tomball TX, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Watson, contact Watson Orthodontics at: (281) 955-7612