Ask the dentist – How long do I need to wear my retainers after my braces are removed?

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How long do I need to wear my retainers after my braces are removed?

Forever! Anyone who has had braces will have some kind of retention made for their teeth. When tooth movement is completed, sometimes a thin wire is placed behind your front teeth and bonded into place (permanent retainer). (Please do not forget to floss under this wire.) Some retainers are removable. You might start out wearing your retainers daily, but as time goes by, with less frquency. However, never stop wearing these retainers completely. Teeth never stop moving and changing throughout our lives. Wearing your retainers once or twice a week at night ensures your teeth stay in the position they were placed with braces. Occasionally have your retainers checked by your dentist to ensure they are still doing their job and fit properly.

Robin JungblutAsk the dentist – How long do I need to wear my retainers after my braces are removed?