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Invisalign Retainers: Why Should I Wear Them?

By April 5, 2017 January 15th, 2020 No Comments

Treatment for an orthodontic issue with Invisalign clear aligners has been a popular choice for teens and adults that live in or work near Hawthorne NY and throughout Westchester NY. Many patients of Dr. Rishi Kothari and the professionals at Sleepy Hollow Orthodontics have straightened their smiles and restored their confidence by using Invisalign to correct their orthodontic concerns. Patients treated with Invisalign enjoy comfort and convenience while getting the results they’ve been anticipating. But to keep these results long lasting and attractive, Invisalign patients are directed by Dr. Rishi Kothari and the professionals at Sleepy Hollow Orthodontics to wear a retainer after the conclusion of their course of treatment with Invisalign.

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Retainers are specially molded plastic appliances that work to keep the teeth aligned after the heavy work of moving them into their correct position is complete. Dr. Rishi Kothari and Sleepy Hollow Orthodontics recommend to their patients that they wear a retainer for as long as they want their teeth to remain straight. Like aligner trays, retainers can be removed to eat, brush, and floss. Most retainers are worn overnight.

For some patients, this may seem like a drag. You’ve already been through the treatment, why should you have to keep wearing something? Teeth move positions in the mouth naturally. This kind of movement can be expected even after completion of orthodontic treatment. This movement, however, can undo the results achieved by being treated with Invisalign. Wearing a retainer conscientiously will prevent teeth from reverting back to their untreated positions.

Wisdom teeth emerge in early adulthood. They can overcrowd the already emerged teeth and try to bully their way in the mouth by pushing other teeth out of the way. Wearing a retainer after Invisalign treatment can help prevent the misalignment that emerging wisdom teeth can cause. Dr. Rishi Kothari suggests the best solution to any wisdom tooth problems is to have them removed before starting orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

The new position of your teeth after treatment with Invisalign will stimulate new bone growth in your jaw. This will help your teeth maintain their position over time. However, bone growth is a slow and gradual process; slower and more gradual than the movement of teeth. If your teeth are not secured by bone, they won’t stay in their positions for very long.

Bone loss may occur because of aging, and wearing a retainer will keep teeth secure and aligned. Retainers afford your teeth the time and stability they need to become secure and set in their new positions. Wearing a retainer is the insurance you can rely on to keep your treatment results intact for the rest of your life.


Dr. Kothari and the team at Sleepy Hollow Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Hawthorne NY, 10532 zip code area, Sleepy Hollow NY, Briarcliff NY, Tarrytown NY, Pleasantville NY and Westchester NY or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kothari contact Sleepy Hollow Orthodontics at: (914) 332-0900

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