How Often Should I Wear My Retainer After Invisalign Treatment?

It is generally recommended that patients use the device 12 to 22 hours a day, every day, for three to six months. After this point, most people can stop wearing the retainer during the day. Initially, you should wear it almost all the time (20 to 22 hours a day), just like you did with Invisalign aligners. After a few months, your dentist may give you the go-ahead to switch to using it only at night.

Over time, as your teeth settle into their proper positions, you may only need to use it a few nights a week. Wearing a retainer after completing Invisalign helps to keep the teeth in their new positions and prevents them from reverting back to their original position. After finishing orthodontic treatment, it is essential to use retainers, as they maintain the teeth in their current position and prevent them from returning to the position before the treatment. Since you must wear your retainers for the rest of your life, it's important to take proper care of them to avoid replacing them frequently.

However, to maintain your smile, you should wear retainers as directed by your dentist, and your teeth could return to their original position if you don't wear them after Invisalign treatment. After you finish your Invisalign treatment, we'll give you a retainer to help you preserve your new smile for life. For the first three to six months after finishing your aligners, you'll need to wear retainers for 22 hours a day to keep your teeth in place while new bone is being deposited. Once you stop using Invisalign, you'll need to wear orthodontic retainers to keep your teeth in place while new bone is deposited.

However, in some cases, it can take nine to twelve months for your body to create new bones to fill the space, so you may need to wear retainers for more than nine months. Hawley retainers, which are usually made of acrylic and metal, are not as discreet as Vivera retainers. If you don't use the retainers, they will shift back to their original positions and will be more firmly held in place. Once the new bone has developed and the teeth are fully stabilized in their new positions, usually after a year, it's still important to use the retainer, but you won't need to use it as often; 3 to 5 nights a week are usually sufficient. After the first three to six months of Invisalign treatment, your dentist will suggest that you wear the retainers for 22 hours every day to keep your teeth in place while the new bone is deposited in the space created by the aligners.

However, it is difficult to answer this question since everyone is different and the time of wearing retainers depends on the condition of their teeth.

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