I LOVE my Invisalign treatment. I didn’t think I would, but it is so comfortable and no one has been able to tell I wear it unless I take it out in front of them. They always think it’s cool when I do. Now my treatment is winding down and I’m wondering if I can just keep wearing my last pair of aligners instead of getting a metal retainer. I hate the idea of going to ugly, uncomfortable metal after this. Can I tell my mom to cancel the appointment?
You are not alone in your love of Invisalign treatment. It has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates out there, hands-down beating other orthodontic options. While you think you’ll enjoy just wearing your last pair instead of a retainer, I want to caution you. These aligners are meant to be temporary. You only wear them two weeks at a time. Much longer than that and you’ll start to wear through them.
Fortunately, these days you have several appealing options in retainers that weren’t available when your parents had braces.
Options to Invisalign When You Need a Retainer
- Invisible Retainers: There are invisible retainers available. Some wrap completely around your teeth. You can even get them customized with a logo or something else you love on it, though that does make them less invisible.
- Lingual Retainers: Another possibility is to get lingual retainers. These are metal, but they’re placed on the back side of your teeth where no one can see them.
Instead of canceling your appointment with your orthodontist, I’d just tell him or her exactly what you told me. I’m positive they’d be willing to work with you to ensure you will have retainers you love.
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