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Regardless of whether you have had any treatment we recommend regular checkups to make sure your mouth is as healthy as it can be. However, it becomes even more imperative to maintain your routine examination appointments after you have had some dental work done. This allows the dentist to make sure that your treatment is in good condition, thus helping you to maintain a healthy mouth.
After you have had your treatment completed you will need to be fitted with a retainer. These help to keep the newly aligned teeth secure in their new positions. The dentist will discuss various options with you.
- Conventional Retainer
- Positional Retainer
- Vivera Retainer
- Fixed Retainer
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Due to the very nature of these aligners you are still able to follow your home cleaning regime as advised by your dentist or hygienist throughout the treatment.
An advantage of straightening your teeth is that your teeth end up in a position that aids your ability to clean them properly. However, the technique you will now follow post-treatment to clean your teeth will need to be slightly adjusted. Often due to the placement of a fixed retainer you will need to use appropriately sized interdental brushes eg. TePe brushes to clean between your teeth. Hence, regular flossing will not be as efficient on the teeth fixed by the retainer.
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Other Dental Work
After treatment most dentistry occurs in the usual manner. Your Invisalign or any orthodontic treatment will not prevent the dentist from carrying out most dental treatments as and when they are required. The hygienist is also skilled in gum treatments without being inhibited by your teeth or any fixed retainers placed on your teeth.
Going forward, after any treatment, your dentist will be able to advise your of your specific customized post-treatment care program.