I just finished my Invisalign treatment and my dentist wants me to wear a retainer for about a year. I’m not too keen on wearing something visible after having my teeth straightened invisibly, but didn’t see that I had much of a choice. Now, I’ve lost it. I’ve torn the house apart looking for it to no avail. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have a ton of money I’d like to wait until after the holidays to get a new one made. I happened to find my whitening trays while looking for my retainer. Can I wear those until I have money? They fit well.
Congratulations on finishing your Invisalign treatment. I bet you’re loving your new smile. I’m sure it feels conspicuous wearing a metal retainer after Invisalign. I’m surprised your orthodontist didn’t mention there are clear retainers available. When you talk to your dentist about replacing your retainer, be sure to ask him or her to list all the options available to you, even the ones they don’t do at their office.
Unfortunately, your teeth whitening trays won’t make a good substitute. Whitening trays are purposefully made soft and flexible. This makes them quite comfortable to wear, which is great if you’re whitening your teeth but no so great if you need something to hold them firmly in place. The longer it’s been since the completion of your treatment, the better. Your teeth will be more firmly in place.
Your teeth are always on the move in some fashion and will start to shift again. You’ll need that retainer to keep them in place. A retainer is designed to give your teeth time to get used to remaining in the correct position.
I realize you don’t have much money, but this is important. If you still have your Invisalign aligners, it might not be a bad idea to wear the final set while your dentist makes you a new retainer. Many dentists have options for paying out services. For instance, Dr. Dennis uses Care Credit, which allows patients to get interest-free payment plans. This gives patients time and helps to break up the financial burden without the penalty of interest you’d get with traditional credit cards.
I hope this helps.
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