Lauren’s Invisalign blog: Retainers

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                It’s been a couple of months
since my last update and since then I’ve officially finished my last set of
refinements. I completed the 5 trays on my 2nd round of refinements and was
pleased with the results. I decided to wait a few weeks to make an appointment
because I really wanted to make sure I was 100% satisfied with the results. I
kept wearing my last set of trays like usual and after a couple weeks I decided
there wasn’t anything I wanted to change. My bite felt good and I was happy
with the appearance so I made an appointment with Dr. Blattner and had him do
an exam to check to see if he was happy with the results or if he wanted to
continue treatment. Dr. Blattner was very pleased with my results so the next
step was to talk about retainer options.

                The first option is a set of
clear retainers that are made here in our lab by taking an impression and
making models. With this option, if you ever need new retainers, you have to
hold on to the models and hope they don’t break or if they break you have to get
new impressions and new models made. The downfall to getting new impressions is
if you have slightly relapsed, your new retainers will be holding your teeth in
the relapsed position, not in the position that they were in when you got your
first set of retainers. The other option is Vivera retainers from Invisalign.
This option is where they digitally scan you and make you 4 sets of retainers.
They are clear and look a lot like the Invisalign trays. The nice thing about
the scanning is its more accurate so my retainers will fit better and the best
part is they save the digital scan forever. The benefit to that is if you ever
need new retainers the dentist will contact Invisalign and they will send new
ones that are made from the scan. This way the record they have of your teeth
is the best record because it was taken right after treatment when the teeth
are in proper alignment. With this option I think I’ll be less likely to have
any relapse.
                After weighing
the pros and cons of each option, I decided on Vivera for a few reasons. The
main one is having the digital record of my post ortho smile so that I can get
retainers made from this anytime I need. I know I will wear my retainers as
instructed and having this option of the permanent digital record will allow me
to prevent any relapse. Also, I like the idea of getting 4 sets at once, this
allows me to have a backup set handy anytime just in case I lose one or break
one. That way I wont have to go a week or 2 with out a retainer while I’
waiting for a replacement. Since I spent all this time working to get my teeth
straight, I want to do what’s best to keep them in place and not relapse.
           I received my Vivera retainers a couple weeks after my scan and they fit great! They are a little harder than Invisalign trays but they are comfortable and you can barely tell I’m wearing them. Right now I’m wearing them all the time but in 6 months I can just wear them at night.
             Below are my
before and after photos now that I’m completely done with treatment. I’m so excited to see my results and I think my teeth
are much more beautiful now. I’m so happy with my smile and the process was so effortless. I would recommend Invisalign to everyone. Dr. Blattner was amazing and he made sure to that not only was he happy with the results but that I was too. Thank you for following me on my journey and I hope that my experience and information has helped you to decide to improve  your smile!