Do Your Teeth Move Back After Invisalign®?

Do Your Teeth Move Back After Invisalign®?

January 1, 2022

Having a misaligned bite, spaces, crooked teeth, or any other orthodontic issue can cause several dental health issues. Many people are dealing with headaches, toothaches, gum disease, and even cavities simply because of malocclusion (poor or bad bite).

However, Invisalign® has helped countless people get their smiles straightened. Also, with Invisalign, people get to correct several orthodontic issues discreetly and comfortably. Typically, Invisalign treatment will last about six to 24 months.

However, some people still have concernsabout whether their teeth will revert to their original positions after treatment. So, if you want to know, read on.

Invisalign Before and After

Invisalign is significantly different from conventional metal braces. This is because they are made from high-grade plastic instead of the metal wires that are characteristic of metal braces. Invisalign aligners resemble mouthguards, only that they are more rigid.

The primary purpose of orthodontia is to aid you in having a healthy and functional bite. So, Invisalign can achieve this goal by applying gentle pressure to your teeth to shift them to the desired positions. This is why our Invisalign dentist will give you customized trays that are an exact match for your teeth.

But before you receive your customized trays, our Invisalign dentist will check your teeth to ascertain your eligibility for the treatment.

In other words, our dentist will check the severity of your case, lifestyle, previous orthodontic treatment, and much more.

Our dentist will scan your teeth when the evaluation is complete and all signs point that you need the treatment. This will help in the fabrication of your customized aligners and the creation of your treatment plan.

The scans will be sent to the Invisalign lab, where the aligners will be created in your teeth’s exact size and shape.

The beauty of this treatment is that our dentist gets to use a 3D software known as ClinCheck®, which helps map the treatment to ensure that your teeth move as planned. You might even get the opportunity to see how your smile will look like at the end of your treatment.

You will receive your aligners at least four weeks later. From then on, you will be required to wear them for 22 hours each day without fail. Each aligner will only be effective for a week or so, and then you will discard it and wear the next one in the series.

The average time for orthodontic treatment is usually 12 to 18 months. However, everyone is different,and so the time may vary from patient to patient.

After you have completed your treatment, maintenance begins. This means that you will have to wear retainers. Retainers are a vital part of your treatment since they help your teeth remain in their new positions. If you miss wearing retainers, issues such as incomplete remodeling of the tooth socket and shifty teeth may occur.

This is how you will be expected to wear your retainers:

  • 12 to 22 hours three to six months after the treatment
  • Nighttime from six to 12 months
  • Three to five times each week after a year

How long you wear your retainer will depend on the complexity of your initial orthodontic issue and age.

Will Your Teeth Move After Invisalign Treatment?

This is a major concern for anyone who wishes to get their teeth straightened. Your teeth will move back to their original positions if you don’t wear your aligners.

The reason is simple. When wearing Invisalign, they gently move your teeth to new positions. When your teeth begin to move, the bone may soften or disappear; this is known as resorption. When they are in these new positions, new bone has to be deposited around the teeth to be firmly anchored. This process takes about 9 – 12 months.

This is where retainers come in handy. They will ensure that your teeth stay in their new positions while the new bone deposits around the teeth. However, you may be wondering why you should use retainers after a year. This is because teeth move forward and inward as you age, so retainers will help keep your smile straight.

Fix Your Smile Today

If you have orthodontic issues, Invisalign fixes crossbites, underbites, overbites, spaced, and crooked teeth. You can contact us at Danielle R. Pannese DDS, LLC to schedule an appointment.

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