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Manhattan Beach Dentist Explains the Need for Retainers

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Many patients at our Manhattan Beach Invisalign Dentist are surprised to learn the their Invisalign treatment does not end once their teeth have been correctly aligned. Wearing retainers provided by your dentist post treatment is essential to the Invisalign process. Today, I would like to discuss why these retainers are so important in the Invisalign process.

Regardless of whether or not you have undergone Invisalign treatment, you may not realize that teeth continue to move and shift to some degree. Orthodontic retainers help minimize such movement, preserving the correct alignment of the teeth achieved through Invisalign.

Your teeth are likely to shift if you do not adhere to the directives of your Invisalign dentist. Not wearing the retainer prescribed, even for a relatively short period of time, can provide the opportunity for teeth to move and become misaligned.

Retainers can either be fixed or removable, referring to the fact the retainer can either be permanently affixed to your teeth or removable. The team at Manhattan Beach Invisalign Dentistry can explain the advantages and disadvantages of each type and help you make the best decision as to which type is most beneficial to you.

Every patient is unique, and therefore retention needs vary from patient to patient. Certain teeth alignment problems require longer retention, and retention is critical in these cases. Your Invisalign dentist is the best person to assess your needs and prescribe the applicable treatment.

You have already made the investment is a beautiful, straight smile by completing the Invisalign treatment. To protect your investment, your smile, it is best to consider the retention phase as an ongoing necessity to successful treatment. Be sure to wear the retainer provided you, and your smile is sure to last for many years.

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