Wearing a retainer forever is the last thing anyone wants after undergoing months, or even years, of orthodontic treatment. However, it could be essential to maintaining your beautiful new smile.
Several factors determine if you should use retainers forever after braces. Knowing about the importance of retainers helps to understand why you must wear them, whether for years or indefinitely.
Why Retainers After Braces are Necessary
After completing orthodontic treatment, you will need a retainer to keep your teeth in place. It is common for teeth to relapse into their original positions in the first few months after removing braces. Retainers keep your teeth in their new places while your teeth subside. Furthermore, your teeth can revert to their original positions if you stop wearing your retainers too soon.
How Long Should You Wear Retainers?
Typically, you will wear your retainers full-time for several months after removing your braces. This allows your teeth to settle into their new positions and the surrounding bone to stabilize. After this initial period, you will likely be advised to wear your retainers only at night for a year or more. Some orthodontists recommend wearing retainers indefinitely, while others suggest gradually decreasing wear over time.
If you had a severe orthodontic problem requiring extensive treatment, or if your teeth moved significantly during treatment, you may need to wear retainers longer or indefinitely. Similarly, if you have a history of tooth movement, your orthodontist may recommend that you wear retainers indefinitely.
Your age and lifestyle are also essential factors to consider. For example, your teeth are more likely to shift as you age, so wearing retainers indefinitely may be more beneficial. In addition, if you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night, your orthodontist may recommend wearing a particular type of retainer to protect your teeth.
Wearing Retainers Ensures a Lifetime of Straight Teeth and a Beautiful Smile
If you are considering braces or have recently had your braces removed and misplaced your retainers, contact Broad Street Braces to schedule a consultation. Our experienced orthodontists can discuss the different types of retainers available and provide recommendations to ensure your beautiful new smile lasts a lifetime. Please do not neglect your retainer; it is essential to preserving your hard-earned perfect smile.