Do I Still Need to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?

Do you still need to wear a retainer after Invisalign? Or could you simply continue to wear the last Invisalign brace to ensure your teeth stay in place?

Doctor Answers 15

Retention is the only way to keep the teeth in place

Whether with wires or Invisalign, once the teeth are moved to the desired place, they won't want to stay there. After active orthodontics, wearing a retainer is the only way to keep them there. Over time, the bone will become more dense and retainer wear can be moved to night-time only.

It is as if you were given a gift of pajamas/nightgown that if worn every night would keep you skinny. Would you wear it? Even if it wasn't your favorite color?

The aligner materials are not strong enough to wear indefinitely. The should be discontinued after a month or two. The Vivera retainers are designed to last much longer.

Seattle Dentist
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You need to plan on wearing retainers after Invisalign.

You are now finishing up with your invisalign treatment, and as you can see, teeth move.  I recommend that after all Invisalign treatments, you wear a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back towards their initial position.

Invisalign alligned your teeth to their ideal position, and continuing the use of retainers will keep them there.

Retainer After Invisalign

Yes, you will need a retainer. Teeth naturally want to move back to where they used to be, which is why your orthodontist will recommend that you wear a retainer. Wearing your last Invisalign tray as a retainer is probably not a good idea. They aren’t made of the same material as long-term retainers.

Last Invisalign as retainer

You could theoretically wear the last aligner as your "retainer." However, after time this aligner will discolor, wear or loosen. 

The only guaranteed way to keep your teeth from shifting is to wear a retainer every night for the rest of your life.

A fixed or removable retainer are better options than your last aligner.

If you fail to wear your retainer, just be prepared to go through treatment again.

The most common Invisalign case in my office is an adult 35-50 years old that had braces as a child, never wore a retainer and now their teeth have shifted. 

Sylvan Fain, DDS
Miami Dentist
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Invisalign's Vivera Retainers

The Answer is yes!

It is important to wear retainers at the completion of active tooth movement. Invisalign has a series of retainers that can be purchased called Vivera retainers.  They are very similar to the Invisalign trays although made of a somewhat stronger material.

When you purchase Vivera, you will receive 4 retainers per dental arch that will be sent to your home address at the appropriate times over a 2 year period.

Janet H. Stoess-Allen, DMD
New York Orthodontist

Retainer after Invisalign

The quick answer to your question is yes.  If you don't wear the retainer after your treatment the teeth will begin to shift and all of the effort and money you put into straight teeth will be gone.  Over a period of time you may be able to decrease the time you wear the retainer, but check with your doctor to discuss the time frame they feel is appropriate for you.

Do I need a retainer after my Invisalign treatment?

Absolutely !!  Whenever we move the teeth, we need to "hold" our result.  Moving teeth causes remodeling of the supporting bone and tooth socket.  Time is needed to allowing healing and stabilization of the tooth in the "new" position.  If retainers are not worn, the teeth can drift back toward their initial position.  Regardless, we know that the teeth are not static.  They continue to move throughout one's lifetime, therefore maintaining tooth position with retainers is important.

Kara J. McCulloch, DMD
Mercer Island Orthodontist


It is advisable to wear retainers night and day for at least 3 months after you finish. After that try to wear retainers at night every night for another 3 months and then 1-2 times a week at night forever!!

You will notice that after 1 year you can wear the retainer once a week.

Its not too much trouble to do that


Raj Kumar, BDS, LDSRCS
London Dentist
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Retainers after Invisalign

Hi there,

It is a commonly asked question by our pateints, Retainers is must after invisalign treatment as teeth have a tendency to move back to their original position . All time and money can go wasted if you do not wear the retainers.

Dalvir Pannu, DDS
San Jose Dentist

Retainers are a must.

It is imperitive that you wear your retainers as your Doctor recommends.  Studies have shown that without proper retention, the teeth will likely relapse.  It would be a shame to invest time and money in a beautiful smile only to let it loose some of it's beauty due to relapse.

Cate Vieregger, DDS
Denver Dentist
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