Question: Do I HAVE to wear my retainer?

Answer: YES! Here's a few reasons why retainers should be your BFF after getting your braces off. Reason #1 Teeth Like Their Original Homes!

Braces alone will probably not keep your teeth where they should be for the rest of your life.  Teeth like to move back toward their original positions, which is why your retainer is the most important part of keeping your smile straight post treatment.

Reason #2: Teeth Move Positions Throughout Life

You may think you don’t need to wear your retainer but the truth is that even minor tooth movement occurs in every person’s mouth throughout their lives, regardless of whether they’ve had braces or not! Braces move teeth into the best possible position and wearing a retainer can help minimize the natural movement of teeth. So even if its been a few years since you had your braces removed remember to wear your retainer on occasion to prevent movement.

Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions About Retainer Use

The good news is you won’t have to wear your retainer 24 hours a day for long.  Most of the time, one week of full time wear is plenty.  After that, you’ll only need to wear your retainer at night.  This is the time when people start to get a little lazy about wearing their retainer, but it’s vital that you keep wearing it.

Be Honest with US!

It’s still important to wear your retainer even 10 years down the road, so if it breaks, or if you notice it doesn't fit correctly due to not wearing it often it’s important to call the office to have us check your teeth out. If your teeth have shifted we may be able to fabricate a new retainer to prevent further movement or suggest re-correcting your bite with braces or Invisalign.

And remember don't let this be you:

Retainer

However, if it is -don’t worry you’re not going to “get in trouble.” Come see us, chances are we miss you and we want to do whatever we can to ensure a straight beautiful smile for life!