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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
April 21, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Do I Really Have To Wear My Retainers Forever?

how long should I wear my retainerPatients go thru a significant investment of time and money to get orthodontic treatment and have their teeth straightened.  It is a great day when finally the treatment of completed and they get their brackets off or don't have to wear the Invisalign aligners 24 hours a day.  Impressions are made and some type of retainers are made for the patient to wear to help keep the teeth in place and straight.

The patient is told to wear the retainers faithfully every single night or the teeth how long should I wear my retainers?could shift.  Then the question comes.  How long will I have to wear retainers at night?  Most people don't like the answer.  For as long as you want your teeth to be straight.  Your teeth have a memory and want to move back, even if only slightly to their previous position.  Also, the mouth is a dynamic place.  There are lots of large bone and strong muscles in play.  These forces are exerted on the teeth everyday.  Also time wants to move your teeth forward causing crowding.  The day your stop wearing your retainers is the day your teeth will begin to change, little by little.  Eventually your smile will not be the same as the day your braces came off.

So the answer is FOREVER!  You will need to protect your investment for as long as you can.  Really is wearing that at night a terrible thing to do?  I wear a bite guard everynight and don't feel right if I am not wearing it.  My advice is wear your retainers and keep those teeth in position for as long as you can.

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