How long will I be wearing a retainer?
We get this question a lot from patients. Their braces or aligners are fresh off. They love their new smiles and it feels like treatment is over — but the only way to keep it "over" is to retain the progress that's been made.
As the name "retainer" implies, retainers are designed to help you keep the improvements that your orthodontist and you worked so hard to produce. So, a better question would be how much do I have to wear my retainer to keep my new smile?
Teeth tend to slowly shift inward and forward as you age. The only way to prevent this migration is a retainer.
Try to think of your retainer as a part of your mouth. It needs daily hygiene too. Remove your retainer when you brush and floss and make sure you give your retainer a good brushing too before popping it back in.
If you show discipline in this final stage of treatment, it's not unreasonable to think that your healthy, beautiful smile could last a lifetime.
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