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How Long Do You Have to Wear an Orthodontic Retainer?

Posted in Orthodontics

After braces, most patients are instructed to wear a retainer. This helps keep teeth in the desired position while the bone heals up around tooth roots and prevents them from shifting back.

The purpose of a retainer is to help you keep the progress you’ve made by wearing braces. If you don’t keep your teeth in place, then all that time and hard work will go to waste as teeth relapse into their previous positions.

How Long to Wear Your Retainer

But how long do you have to wear your retainer? That mainly depends on how long your orthodontist recommends.

It also depends on what kind of orthodontic treatment you had and how long it lasted. Some complicated or accelerated cases may be especially prone to regressing and require a retainer for a long time afterward.

On average, retainers should be worn all day for a year after treatment. If your teeth are staying securely in place, then your orthodontist may let you wear your retainer at night, only.

The kind of retainer you have may also affect how long you wear it. Fixed retainers, for example can stay in place for several years.

Get the Most Out of Your Retainer

Taking good care of your retainer and wearing it as directed will help your teeth stay healthy and straight.

Clean your retainer daily and floss carefully if it’s a fixed one. Fixed retainers in particular need special attention at dental checkups to make sure the teeth it’s attached to don’t have any cavities or disease.

A retainer is your ticket to getting the most out of your costly orthodontic treatment, so wear it well!

Ask your orthodontist about other retainer options if your current one bothers you.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

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