After an initial visit to capture 3D digital scans of the teeth, a series of retainers is made. The retainers are engineered from a strong, clear material that allows them to be worn over the teeth and gently move teeth into proper alignment and space.
Users progress through the series of retainers, typically moving up to the next set of aligners on a weekly basis, as their teeth are gently shifted into place. Retainers should be worn at least 20 hours a day for best results, and only removed when eating, brushing, and flossing.
Wearers typically visit the office every six weeks. This allows your orthodontist to monitor progress. Although it varies on a case-by-case basis, total treatment time typically lasts for 9-15 months and includes 18-30 retainers.