Orthodontic treatment is a significant commitment, but you wore your ClearCorrect aligners as instructed, and now you’re enjoying the reward of a straight, beautiful smile. And, even though the treatment was more comfortable than you thought possible, you’re glad it’s over!
It is a big achievement but wearing your last set of aligners is only the end of the first phase of your orthodontic treatment. Next, you have to commit to wearing your retainer to maintain the alignment you worked so hard to achieve.
Learn to Love Your Retainer
It may sound silly, but you are starting a lifetime relationship with your retainer. The length of time you need to wear them daily typically gets shorter, and those recommendations are based on factors like the extent of your initial misalignment and your age.
In general, your dentist may recommend that you wear your retainer for 12 to 22 hours a day for the first three to six months. Compliance is the key to getting through this stage as quickly as possible.
During the next stage, you will probably be instructed to wear your retainers every night while you sleep. After 12 months of nightly use, your dentist will have you wear your retainer three to five nights a week for the rest of your life.
Learn More about ClearCorrect Treatment
ClearCorrect treatment in Indianapolis is easy and produces transformative results when you follow your dentist’s recommendations. The retainer phase is also easy, but it’s only effective if you are compliant.
Dr. Dane Uhl and the team at German Church Road Family Dentistry have helped many patients achieve a straighter, more attractive smile with ClearCorrect orthodontics. Please call to arrange an appointment so we can explain how the treatment works and determine if ClearCorrect is the right choice to get your smile where you want it to be.