Wearing a retainer is arguably just as important to the orthopedic process as the braces themselves are. Recently, Invisalign retainers have taken a big chunk of the retainer market. They boast that they are more comfortable for patients and are also nearly invisible. Dr. Harrison has been practicing orthodontics for over 30 years, so he has seen many new trends come and go in the industry.
Today, Dr. Harrison is going to take a look at Invisalign retainers and give you all the information you need, so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not it is a good investment for your dental care needs.
Invisalign Has Many of the Same Drawbacks of Regular Retainers
A common myth that comes with Invisalign retainers is that they aren’t painful, and they don’t cause you to have trouble speaking like ordinary retainers do. However, when considering what kind of retainer to use, you should know that Invisalign carries many of the same drawbacks as regular retainers. They may be uncomfortable and even painful. They may even cause you to have a lisp in a similar way as a regular retainer. Though they are lighter due to their all-plastic design, they may be an improvement over regular retainers. Invisalign retainers, however, are not without drawbacks.
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Invisalign Is A Bit More Expensive
Another factor to consider when you are looking into Invisalign retainers is that they are a little bit more expensive than a typical retainer, depending on which one is used. The technology behind Invisalign retainers is a bit more complicated than that of a regular retainer, including a custom fitted mold of your mouth. The added expense may be worth it if you only have to buy one set of retainers, but consider that retainers often get lost or need to be replaced during the lengthy orthodontic process. So if you choose Invisalign, take good care of them and don’t lose them!
Invisalign Is Less Intrusive
The biggest benefit to Invisalign retainers is that they are less intrusive than regular retainers. Invisalign retainers are molded to your mouth, making them more comfortable and less intrusive than a regular retainer, which rests on the roof of your mouth. They are also less noticeable than a typical retainer, as they are made of lightweight clear plastic. As you get used to your Invisalign retainer, your speech will get better and better. Your slight lisp might not even be noticeable.
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Contact Dr. Harrison For More Tips
If you are needing guidance on what retainer to choose for yourself or your child, let Dr. Harrison help. With over three decades of work in orthodontics, Dr. Harrison can give you the information needed to make this decision. For more information or tips, give Dr. Harrison a call at (417) 887-1220 or contact us online.