Orthodontic retainers should be worn for a lifetime. While this may seem overwhelming, understand that after six months of continuous, 24/7 use, most people are able to switch to wearing their retainer only at night. After an additional 4-6 months of night wear, you may be able to start wearing your retainer for only a few nights per week. The frequency of retainer use after the initial retention period will depend on how stable your teeth become, and will be determined by your orthodontist.
Be warned that if you stop wearing your retainer all together, even after years of consistent use, your teeth may begin to shift back to their old position. Most people would admit that wearing their retainer at least a few nights each week is worth the effort in order to make sure their smile stays healthy and beautiful.
If you have further questions about retainer use or life after braces, please contact Dr. Bardawil
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