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Any insights for why can't teeth stay in place after you get your braces removed? Why do you need a retainer?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bone isn't concrete

Teeth suspended in bone by a connective tissue ligament.
Over,time bone remodels and gum & ligament change. Forces of occlusion, muscle balance, wear, habits, restorations, and so much more, all affects post-corrective stability. Protect your time and monetary investment. Either wear your retainers as directed or gargle with crazy glue.

In brief: Bone isn't concrete

Teeth suspended in bone by a connective tissue ligament.
Over,time bone remodels and gum & ligament change. Forces of occlusion, muscle balance, wear, habits, restorations, and so much more, all affects post-corrective stability. Protect your time and monetary investment. Either wear your retainers as directed or gargle with crazy glue.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Movement after Ortho

In simple terms, teeth are attached to the bone by fibers that have a memory, similar to a rubber band.
The teeth tend to move back to their previous position. The longer they are kept in place and the less room then have to move, being supported by adjacent and opposing teeth, the less they will move. A retainer helps hold them in position to prevent this "rebound" effect.

In brief: Movement after Ortho

In simple terms, teeth are attached to the bone by fibers that have a memory, similar to a rubber band.
The teeth tend to move back to their previous position. The longer they are kept in place and the less room then have to move, being supported by adjacent and opposing teeth, the less they will move. A retainer helps hold them in position to prevent this "rebound" effect.
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