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I just got my braces removed today, and got my retainers. How long can I keep my retainers out? And do I HAVE to wear them throughout the night?
You have to: Typically, it takes about a year or two for teeth to become stable in a new position. Without consistent wear of the retainers for a long time, you risk the chance of your teeth returning to their per-orthodontic treatment position. ...Read more
I got braces when I was 12, got them taken out at 13. I wore my retainer as recommended. Should I still wear them here and there or can I stop? I'm 24
Lifetime-we hope: It depends on your case and the way you started. I like the lower retainer to stay for ever, because with or without braces the lower teeth have the tendency to crowd as we age. As for the upper retainer for at least 2 years, after that it depends on the stability of the teeth. ...Read more
Long-term: "retention is a life-time commitment to periodic wear of retention devices." age changes us - that includes your teeth. Only way to prevent change is regular periodic monitoring and retention. ...Read more
Good question: Know that teeth shift and change in response to use, wear, muscle balance, etc. All the bones in your body are completely replaced every 7-8 years. Has anyone adjusted your retainers? Do you go for regular dental care? Has your occlusion changed? Have you lost any teeth, mad fillings or crowns done, had any gum/bone loss. Please see an Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more
What to do if I have braces and I can't wear retainers or that kind of stuff. What are some solutions?
Why not?: Best way to stabilize orthodontic results are retainers. There are many different designs. Second best is wire bonded to the tongue side of your teeth. Discuss choices w your orthodontic specialist. ...Read more
I didn't wear my retainer for 6 months, and now I have an appointment. Will I have to get braces again? I started to wear them 24/7 last week.
It depends..: ..on how much relapse has occurred. Sometimes you can recover what you lost with your retainers and sometimes more orthodontic treatment is required. If possible go back to your treating doctor and find out! ...Read more
After braces are removed, how long is the retainer worn? I know that i'll have to wear a retainer for some time after my braces are removed. How long do most people have to wear a retainer? .
Edward's works: The edward's procedure or supercrestal fiberotomy was described in 1970 and assists in retaining problematic, rotated teeth. This small procedure is usually only accomplished for 1 or 2 teeth. The need, the process, and the risk/benefits should be discussed with your orthodontic and periodontal specialist. ...Read more
I wear my retainer every night as instructed, but my underbite is slowly coming back. Does that mean I need braces again?
Cause: If the cause of your underbite is aberrant skeletal growth, jaw surgery may be required after growth has ceased. Your retainers will maintain tooth alignment, but will not prevent uneven jaw growth. Hopefully your braces were done by an Orthodontic Specialist. Call for a reevaluation. ...Read more
Yes: I'm assuming you're talking about abrasion of the root surfaces of your teeth where the root "dentin" becomes exposed. I would be very careful about expanding your smile too much, the potential for increased root sensitivity, increased bite forces that might worsen the condition, etc. This is a job for your dentist or orthodontist to watch out for, though. Other that that, you should be fine. ...Read more
How long will I have to wear my retainer after my braces come off? I've made the last appointment with my orthodontist to have my braces taken off, and I would like to know how long I can expect to wear a retainer..
For as long: For as long as you want your teeth to remain straight. Full time for a year as supporting tissues mature, then every night. After your investment of time and money, do what you can to preserve the wonderful smile that you and your orthodontist created. And congratulations on reaching the end of active corrective treatment and beginning passive retention treatment. ...Read more
Orthodontic retainer question hi, so I had braces till I was about 17 and wore my retainer most of the following two years after, they had stated that I would only need to wear it mainly for the frist year from what I remember. I am now 20 and my top row
Yes: You are a living, breathing entity. Your body will change throughout your lifetime. Retainers will minimize movement if worn as directed. If not worn as directed, expect relapse. ...Read more
I had a brace 5 years ago and my teeth moved because I didn't the retainer long enough. If I had another brace how long would I wear it for?
Depends on need: Depends on severity of the problem. Sometimes side and back teeth drift forward as from teeth relapse, making re-correction more complex and/or less stable. You will have to see an Orthodontic Specialist for advice. You can't be diagnosed over the computer. Don't wait...the longer you delay the harder the fix. ...Read more
I removed braces, but I didn't wear my retainers regularly, there had been shifting in my teeth. I'm hoping if I can use spring retainers to correct?
Possibly: You'll need to be re-evaluated by your orthodontist to determine the extent of the relapse. All the best... ...Read more
I'm now suffering from stress because of my teeth... I used to wear braces 3 years ago and now I'm wearing retainer for a week but I'm not satisfied.
Second opinion: I have seen your many posts regarding this issue. If you are not satisfied, then you should go to another one or two highly recommended orthodontists in your area and see what, if anything, can be done orthodontically to improve the results. Depending upon what the orthodontists tell you, other options would be to consult with a general dentist or prosthodontist regarding other restorative options. ...Read more
Had braces on for 6 yrs. Wore retainers as instructed for 2 yrs completely forgot to wear retainers. Will my teeth go crooked again? Will it be as bad
Lost my retainer and will visit the orthodontist next week (8 days without it by then). I wear retainer most nights, braces off 10 years ago. Relapse?
Can not wearing a retainer undo all the good done by braces? Our daughter simply refuses to wear her retainer most of the time. How much damage can be done by her not wearing it? The teeth can't go all the way back to how they were, can they? .
Read my other answer: Jule, I believe I have addressed this in your answer with regard to yourself. No, they will unlikely go "all the way back", but much good will be undone. Apart from the loss of the health benefit being undone, there exists financial disrespect for a parent who spends significant money to help their child. ...Read more
Got braces off 2012. rarely missed a day wearing my retainer at night. Worried if I don't wear it, my teeth will move. How quickly does this happen?
Depends: No two people are alike. Try to be as compliant as possible. Missing a night or two on rare occasion probably won't hurt, but why take the chance. If retained feel tight when you put them in, you've been without them too long. If concerned, see the Dentist or (hopefully) Orthodontist that treated you for a status check. ...Read more
I had my maxillofacial surgery 4 months ago, this involved shifting my lower jaw. I just had my braces taken off and now wearing a clear retainer. But when I wear the retainer my lower jaw shift slightly to the right. I don’t feel any pain about it, once
Lower Jaw Shift: The clear retainer is also acting as a bite splint. This causes the jaw muscles to relax as apposed to them being held in a more functioning position which may be a result of your surgery. Healing should allow the muscles to accommodate to a more neutral position and shifting should go away. If not I would suggest a return visit to your oral surgeon. ...Read more
If I have my braces removed early, can I wear a retainer to keep them in place? I have had braces for quite some time now and I have been paying for them on my own as young full-time college student and I have worn them past the expected time frame due to
Yes, you can have retainers to hold your teeth in the state they are in now. That is what retainers do.
If you feel that your original orthodontist did damage to your teeth you should contact your local dental society. Many dental societies have a system of peer review where patients with complaints can often get a refund of all or part of the fees paid and the damage done to their teeth repaired. ...Read more
My son does not wear his retainer, what can I do to keep his teeth from moving? My son was in ortho full braces for 2 years.
What a shame: By disobeying you and discounting the orthodontist's skill and experience your child is exhibiting just how immature he really is. He thinks he can succeed without paying his dues. He's taking the beautiful gift you gave him and throwing it away. He obviously has no ętre spect for you, nor does he value what it cost. Be a parent. Set limits and stick to the rules. ...Read more