Nobody wants to hear this...but you should wear your retainers as long as you want your clear aligner results to last.
Unfortunately, there’s no way around this. But that doesn’t mean retainer pains for life! It just means you have to be smart about managing your new smile. Why should it be any different from your home, your car, your wardrobe?
You must treat your retainers as protection of the time and money invested into clear aligner treatment. But it's not all bad. Here are four reasons to celebrate a lifetime of retention:
- Whitening Potential: Those retainer trays provide an excellent medium to whiten your teeth. Just put a pump of EverSmile WhiteFoam on each tray and brighten your smile overnight!
- Cavity Avoidance: The cleaner your teeth, the less bacteria will get trapped in retainers overnight. So use that as justification to upgrade your routine to new brushing technology like these electric toothbrushes from Oral B. They've got smart settings to ensure you brush for the right amount of time and with the right amount of pressure - crucial for sensitive teeth and gums.
- Facial Fitness: You’ll keep a strong jawline, since retainers require the same chewing exercises you did during your invisible braces treatment. You can hang onto those chewies, or pop in a Movemint to also freshen breath if you want to keep your pre-bed options open....
- Impulse Control: Maybe you miss the clear aligner diet? While retainers won't help you during the day, they can help you avoid those late night snacks. Just pop in your retainers before you feel the urge and you'll add some friction between you and those cheezy poofs.
Don’t walk back on your smile journey. Make retainers part of your post-aligner routine!