How Often Do I Wear My Retainer?
Although every patient has different guidelines, directly after getting your braces off, we will recommend wearing your retainer 12 to 24 hours per day for the first month or two. Some patients may require longer wear. Then you will wear your retainer every night for at least the first year after getting your braces off. Once your bone stabilizes, we will recommend wearing your retainer 3 to 4 nights per week for the rest of your life to maintain your bite.
Do I Have to Wear a Retainer for the Rest of My Life?
Yes! Unless you want your teeth to slowly shift out of their new position, you must wear your retainer for the rest of your life. If you think about it, wearing it a few nights per week is much better than wearing braces for another year or two 10 years from now. It might feel inconvenient but it’s absolutely necessary to maintain your smile.
Do you need a retainer or have more questions about orthodontic treatment in Aberdeen? Contact Kuhn Dental Associates today at (910) 692-4450 to book an appointment.