Maintaining Your Post-Invisible Aligner Smile

Carlyn-Phucas-Orthodontics-Marlton-Turnersville-NJ-Invisalign-Text-3INVISIBLE ALIGNERS have become an attractive alternative to traditional braces in recent years. Being able to get all the benefits of braces with such a low-profile appliance that can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating can make the orthodontic process far more palatable.

But what’s next after you’ve progressed through every aligner tray and your teeth are perfectly aligned? What will it take to maintain the smile you’ve always wanted?

Wear Retainers As Recommended

In some cases, the final invisible aligner tray can be used initially as a full-time retainer and eventually as a nighttime one after the patient’s teeth are correctly aligned. In others, a separate retainer will be recommended, and those tend to be sturdier. No matter what type of retainer you end up with, be sure to follow the care instructions in order to keep it clean and effective as long as possible.

The reason it’s important to use retainers after the teeth are straight is that it can take around a year for the periodontal ligaments–the tiny connective tissue fibers that hold our teeth in place in our jaws–to get used to the new position. Without retainers, your teeth will be in danger of shifting back to the position those ligaments were used to.

Stay On Top Of Your Oral Hygiene

The most important component of post-aligner dental health is how well you take care of your teeth. That means maintaining good habits, such as:

  • brushing for two minutes twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • flossing daily with traditional floss, interdental brushes, or a water flosser
  • avoiding sugary snacks and sodas that supercharge bad oral bacteria

Schedule Regular Dental Visits

No matter how straight your teeth are and how diligently you’re keeping them clean, they still need professional dental care twice a year. Dentists have the equipment and skill needed to clean your teeth thoroughly, take care of anything more extensive when needed, and help you make sure you’re on track with your own oral hygiene habits.

We Can Answer Your Questions!

If you have any questions about how to take care of your teeth post-invisible aligners, we’re happy to answer them. Any questions that pertain to the alignment of your teeth you should definitely bring to us. However, if your questions are more about keeping those teeth clean, your regular dentist can certainly answer them too.

Congratulations on all your hard work to get straight teeth!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

A New Year’s coming. A beautiful new smile can come with it! Let’s talk about Invisalign…

If you’re like most people, the new year is a natural time to think about the future and the giving of gifts. Maybe it’s the best time ever to think about giving one of the greatest gifts you can: a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

Invisalign could be the key to that beautiful smile, for a loved one or (finally!) for yourself. 

What is Invisalign? 

It’s an amazing technology that’s been around for more than fifteen years, with hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers, and it has the potential to give you or a loved one straight teeth and a super smile – quickly, easily, and with minimum  discomfort.

Dr. Carlyn Phucas supplies you with a set of individually designed, transparent aligners made specifically for your mouth and its unique challenges. Each week you progress to the next set of aligners, slowly moving the positions of your teeth into an optimal arrangement. Slowly and steadily the teeth become aligned … and it happens with almost no discomfort. Even better, you can remove the aligners at any time, for brushing and flossing or for special occasions. Flexibility is one of the many advantages to Invisalign., for patients young and old.

…and Dr. Carlyn Phucas is an Invisalign expert

That’s the best news of all: Dr. Carlyn Phucas is an expert at Invisalign. In fact, she’s a member of the Invisalign Technology faculty, and travels extensively teaching other doctors how to use the Invisalign system more effectively. As she travels and trains, she learns as well, gathering tips and expanding her own expertise, to directly benefit her own patients. The result: beautiful smiles all around, more quickly and comfortably than ever.

Free teeth whitening, too

You are welcome to whiten your teeth while you are wearing your Invisalign aligners!  You’ll want to dazzle the world with your smile, and to make sure that happens, Dr. Carlyn Phucas offers complimentary whitening as part of the package. “We want you to be thrilled with the outcome,” she says … and you will be. Thousands have already found it to be a life-changing improvement in their own lives and the lives of those they love.

Make a beautiful smile the New Year’s resolution you can be sure to keep. Learn more by visiting where you can actually see the advantages of Invisalign up close and personal, and hear some amazing stories of other people, just like you, whose lives have been changed for the better. And you can call 856-985-9400 any time to make an appointment for that all-important first visit – the one that can answer any lingering questions you may have and set you on the path to straighter, healthier teeth.

Show off your smile in 2017!

Take full advantage of  your 2017 FSA account before the dollars are forfeited!

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), or a Health Savings Account (HSA) through your work, now is the time to use it. Many people forget that they have these dollars available to them. The 2016 FSA  dollars are forfeited in early 2017 if they are not used, so you’ll want to be sure to use them completely before they disappear!!

Now can be an ideal time for the new straight smile with Invisalign or braces that you’ve been dreaming of or you may want to pay off the balance of your current treatment in progress. Start by taking a look at your remaining FSA and HSA dollars and your employer’s orthodontic insurance benefits. You are welcome to call us to discuss your plan options. We are happy to help! We work closely with you to take full advantage of your insurance, FSA and HSA!

Bottom line: Now is the time to plan for your short-term and long-term smile enhancement … and we’re here to help! 

Make This the Season of Giving: Our Toy Drive has already begun!

12369163_1098334043510259_8339926667200928189_nOnce again, Carlyn Phucas Orthodontics is joining forces with the Camden Rescue Mission to make Christmas something special for children in need. And you can help!

Our annual Toy Drive has already begun. We invite you to bring one new, unwrapped toy or a12375175_1095410493802614_865306072705411407_o gift card for a teen to Carlyn Phucas Orthodontics offices before Wednesday, December 14.

No gift is too small, and they’re all important. You’ll get our gratitude (and possibly a big hug!) for helping the families and children in Marlton and surrounding communities who need it most.