Elk Grove Smile Center
Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Yes, You Need to Wear a Retainer Following Orthodontic Treatment

January 25, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Vishal Advani
Orthodontics | Elk Grove Villiage

Orthodontic treatment does more than just align your teeth and boost your confidence – it also improves your oral health.

Teeth that are straight are much easier to keep clean, which helps prevent tooth decay. Straight teeth are also easier to floss, which helps prevent periodontal (gum) disease. A corrected bite prevents clenching, grinding, and jaw joint issues such as TMJ.

Here's more information about orthodontics in Elk Grove Village and how to maintain your beautiful smile.

What Is Invisalign?

Many of our adult patients don't think they can straighten their teeth because they don't like the idea of wearing traditional braces. This is where Invisalign and Dr. Advani can help!

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth rather than metal brackets and wires. Most Invisalign cases can be completed in 12 to 18 months, and they typically require fewer visits with Dr. Advani than traditional braces, so this is an ideal option for busy adults wanting to straighten their teeth with discretion.

Maintaining Your Smile in Elk Grove Village 

After completing Invisalign, or any orthodontic treatment, Dr. Advani will craft a retainer for you to be worn at night while you sleep.

Did you know that your teeth have memory? Without a retainer, your teeth will gradually begin to shift over time, and your beautifully aligned smile will go back to being crooked again. Retainers must be worn at night as directed in order to maintain your straightened teeth.

Regular dental checkups are also important after you complete orthodontic treatment. Dr. Advani will check your retainers for proper fit during your routine visits to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and aligned, so be sure to bring your retainers to your six-month cleaning and checkup appointments – and don't forget to wear them at night. Partnering with our team will help you make the most of your new smile!

Want to learn more about Invisalign and other orthodontic treatment we offer at Elk Grove Smile Center? Contact our office today!

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Our office is OPEN for all patients and all procedures. Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have determined it is safe to come to the dentist and have routine dental care done. Our office and staff are following all the recommendations and guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff.