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Do You Have To Wear Your Invisalign Retainer Forever?

Wear Your Invisalign Retainer

The service does not end when you get your Invisalign aligners from Schaumburg Dentistry. One of the most common questions is whether the patient will have to wear their aligners forever and how Invisalign works. Find out the answers to your questions and see the results! Contact us at (847) 985-8100 or fill out this form to schedule an appointment!

Wear Your Invisalign Retainer And Do Not Take Off

When you take your retainer out, your teeth move. When you wear your retainer at night, the muscles in your jaw are not moving as much. So when you take it out in the morning, your teeth look better. Wear your Invisalign retainer every night, and it will keep them from moving so much.


Taking off the retainer is like standing in front of a fridge with the door open. All your muscles that need to work to keep you standing up relax except for the muscles around your jaw. They have no choice but to go back to their normal job of moving their teeth. That’s why they get sore after wearing a retainer all day long!


If this happens often enough, it can cause permanent damage to your teeth and jaws. So make sure you always wear your retainer as prescribed by our doctors!

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Wear Your Invisalign Retainer Every Night

Invisalign Vs. Retainer

It is possible not to use retainers when you have Invisalign. However, it’s not a good idea. Retainers are custom-made mouthguards that help keep your teeth in alignment. After you finish the Invisalign treatment, the retainers will be used for a period of time. It will help to keep your teeth in their new alignment and make sure they stay in place.


Even if your Invisalign treatment goes well, using a retainer is still a good idea. A retainer will make sure your teeth stay in place for as long as possible. That means you will not have to visit the dentist as often to fix loose teeth or gaps between teeth.


If you are thinking about not using a retainer, talk to your dentist. They will be able to give you professional advice on whether retainers are right for you.

What To Expect After Getting Invisalign Braces?

After you’ve gotten Invisalign braces, you’ll notice that your teeth are getting straighter. The aligners are moving your teeth in the right direction. You’ll also start to notice that your teeth feel more comfortable. The aligners are working to reshape your bite and make it more balanced.


You may experience some pain in your mouth after wearing the aligners for a while. It is normal and will disappear as soon as you stop wearing it. There are some things you can do to help relieve pain. You should brush and floss your teeth regularly and eat soft foods. You should also drink plenty of water during the day.


Once your treatment is complete, and your teeth are looking their best, you’ll be given a retainer to wear. It is to make sure that your new, straight smile stays in place. You need to wear the retainer as instructed by your orthodontist. It is usually for at least 22 hours a day.

If I Lose My Retainer, What Do I Do?

When you lose your retainer, it could cause your teeth to go bad or get hurt. Here’s what to do.


If your retainer is not found within the first 24 hours, we recommend going to the dentist. If you can’t find your retainer for more than 24 hours, you should visit the dentist to remove it. There may be food particles or bacteria in your mouth from when you were looking for it. It could lead to an infection if left untreated.


We also recommend you clean your teeth with toothpaste and water if you lose your retainer. It will keep food from getting stuck between your teeth, which can cause decay.

Invisalign: Before And After
Invisalign: Before And After

Invisalign Overbite Before And After

Many kids have bad bites if their teeth are not in line. It can get worse as they grow older or stay the same. Invisalign is a product that can help fix a bad bite without having to take your child’s teeth out.


These white plastic braces that fit over teeth are called Invisalign. They will move the teeth, but you can only see them when you wear them. They are better than metal braces because they are not so noisy or uncomfortable.

Send Us A Request For An Appointment

Send an appointment request, and we’ll get back to you within a minute! Our goal is to help you get good dental care. We want to know what kind of care you are getting to ensure it is the best care possible.

Schaumburg Dentistry can help you with Invisalign. As your dentist and doctor, we want to keep your teeth healthy too. If you want to know more about the process and its results, contact us at (847) 985-8100. That way, you can get back to enjoying your smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, after Invisalign treatment, you will need to wear a retainer. Despite the fact that Invisalign moves teeth differently than traditional metal braces, the end result is the same. After any type of tooth straightening, you will need to wear retainers.

When you stop wearing your retainers on a regular basis, your teeth will gradually shift and move into different positions. This means that previously crowded teeth will become crowded and crooked once more.

The majority of orthodontists recommend that their patients wear their retainers for the rest of their lives. However, the retainers are only required at night, so skipping a night here and there isn’t a big deal.

It could have been damaged, lost in a move, or you simply decided you didn’t want to wear it anymore. Wearing your retainer is always a good idea, no matter your situation. You’ve invested time, money, and effort into your orthodontic treatment, and now that it’s finished, you can’t assume the work is finished.

After finishing the last tray, you will need to wear retainers as your cosmetic dentist prescribes. These retainers keep your teeth from shifting back to their original positions. Neglecting retainers causes your smile not to look as good as you want it to, which may have an impact on your overall health.

Your scan will be sent to Invisalign, who will create the aligners and ship them back to us. You will continue to wear your final clear aligner tray until your retainer arrives. The retainer will be made of a stronger and more durable clear plastic than your Invisalign trays. It should last several months, if not years.