How Long Do Invisalign Results Last?

I have always had straight teeth, but they started to shift when I turned 23 (I'm 24 now and they are still shifting). If I get Invisalign and straighten my teeth, will the results be permanent, or will I have to worry about shifting again?

Doctor Answers 10

Relapse is a problem

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Many of the Invisalign cases we do are re-treatments of adults who had braces as a teen.  Most often they stopped wearing their retainer and the teeth relapsed.  Relapse often occurs because there is just too much tooth structure to fit the space where the body wants the teeth to be.  With Invisalign, in many cases we will slenderize the teeth to make them fit better.  This will make them more stable long term, but we still recommend retainers at night.

Does invisalign results last

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No matter what method is used to move teeth (invisalign and braces), the teeth need to be retained using retainers for as long as you want to keep the teeth aligned.  Teeth will always have a tendency to relapse once retainers are no longer used.  10-12 hours a night with a retainer is all that is necessary to keep them aligned.

Michael Minars, DMD
Miami Orthodontist

Invisalign results

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Invisalign results last just as well as traditional braces as long as you wear your retainers regularly as your Dentist recommends. Usually I recommend wearing them to bed every night for as long as you want your teeth to remain straight. They will move if not maintained.

Cate Vieregger, DDS
Denver Dentist

As long as retainers are worn!

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Invisalign is a wonderful way to straighten teeth that have shifted after braces.  Once invisalign has achieved the goal of straightening the teeth, a retainer must be worn every night to maintain the teeth in the position.  If this is done, the teeth should stay straight as long as the retainer is worn.

Ryan Sellinger, DMD
Manhattan Dentist

Invisalign results may not last if....

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It really depends, with you being a male, some males can grow into their early twenties, especially regarding the growth of your lower jaw. This would cause your bite to change, but your teeth would still be straight.

You say your 24, so you should be ok. Regardless, retainer wear is a must lifetime. If you are able to wear your retainers to bed every night, your result should never change.

Mazyar Moshiri, DMD, MS
Saint Louis Orthodontist

Straight teeth need retainers.

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Just like the other parts of the body, teeth continually change. This is true whether or not they have been straightened with orthodontics. The best insurance against shifting is long-term retainer use - the retainers often being removable and worn part time. In situations where very extensive treatment has been undertaken, your orthodontist may recommend, for extra protection against rebound, retainer wires cemented to the inner surface of your teeth. With consistent retainer use, you can be assured you will have a lifetime of benefit from your orthodontic treatment!

R. William McNeill, DDS, MS
Mercer Island Orthodontist

Invisalign Results Can Last a Lifetime

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Great question!  As an orthodontist, we are always concerned about the longevity of our results.  Teeth always want to go back to the way they were because the gums and bone holding the teeth have a memory of where they came from.  Unless teeth are held indefinitely, they will tend to shift back.  That's what retainers are for.  With Invisalign, the aligners are so easy to wear, that most people don't think it is a big deal to wear them while sleeping.  After a couple years of nighttime wear, a person may be able to gradually reduce to one or two nights a week and still maintain the corrections forever.  Now that is something to sleep on!

How long does Invisalign last?

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Invisalign is just a more esthetic approach to orthodontics. Teeth will tend to move if not held in place by some method. Usually, with Invisialign a clear plastic retainer is worn at night to maintain the correct and straight position of the teeth.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS
Memphis Dentist

Invisalign results will last for the rest of your life if you wear retainers

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Invisalign results will last for the rest of your life provided that you are following your recommended retainer protocol. Most doctors recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, whether braces or Invisalign treatment, use a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back towards their initial position. Because every case is different, please speak to your doctor to confirm if you need post-treatment retainers.

Zach Casagrande, DDS, MS, PC
Ashburn Orthodontist

Invisalign results

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As long as you faithfully wear your retainer and the retainer is examined and adjusted for proper fit, then you should retain your results indefinitely.  Be sure to wear your retainers faithfully and if they feel like they don't fit tight have them tightened or remade.

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