The Invisalign system is an alternative to braces that allows adults and children alike to change their smiles in a non-invasive way. Using custom-fit, non-BPA plastic aligners, Invisalign gradually shifts teeth into their proper place without irritating gums and teeth or restricting food intake and oral care. And, if these aligners are worn for 20-22 hours a day and changed every two weeks over the course of about one year, many people can achieve the winning smile they’ve always dreamed of.
Like many other types of physical transformation, Invisalign treatment does require some maintenance in the form of a retainer. Studies have shown that teeth that have been straightened with the help of braces or Invisalign will shift back to their original positions over time without the use of a retainer. To avoid ruining a smile you’ve worked (and paid) for, the makers of Invisalign suggest that patients follow up their treatment program with their Vivera retainers. Much like Invisalign, Vivera retainers are custom-fit plastic trays that are made using state-of-the-art technology. Vivera retainers, however, are made using 30% stronger material than Invisalign, which not only keeps the retainers from cracking, but also keeps teeth from shifting back into a less-than-perfect smile. And, Vivera retainers are ideal for Invisalign patients and those who have gone the route of traditional orthodontia alike.
If you’ve just finished a year of Invisalign treatment, you may be able to get a set of Vivera retainers without a new scan. Check with your our Miami Invisalign specialist Dr. Derek Sanders to see if your teeth have shifted. If you are coming off of traditional braces, you can easily contact Dr. Sanders who can scan your smile and set you up with your Vivera retainers to preserve the look you’ve worked so hard for.