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What happens if retainers arent worn after mouth braces have been out?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Donley
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Teeth move
Teeth have a tendency to move back to where they came from. There can be jaw growth until about age 30 which can affect tooth position also.
There are many adults out there who wish they had listened to their dentist/orthodontist and some are wearing braces a second time to get their beautiful smile back.

In brief: Teeth move
Teeth have a tendency to move back to where they came from. There can be jaw growth until about age 30 which can affect tooth position also.
There are many adults out there who wish they had listened to their dentist/orthodontist and some are wearing braces a second time to get their beautiful smile back.
Dr. James Donley
Dr. James Donley
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Protect investment
You worked so long and hard to produce a beautiful smile.
It would be a shame to throw away all that hard work and money. Wear your retainers as directed to protect and preserve your orthodontic treatment result.

In brief: Protect investment
You worked so long and hard to produce a beautiful smile.
It would be a shame to throw away all that hard work and money. Wear your retainers as directed to protect and preserve your orthodontic treatment result.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
2 doctors agree
In brief: Movement
Of teeth back to previous places.
Need retainer to help heal in place once they are straight.

In brief: Movement
Of teeth back to previous places.
Need retainer to help heal in place once they are straight.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Gary Brigham
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Relapse
Retainers are an integral part of orthodontic treatment and are meant to stabilize teeth in their new positions.
Failure to follow through with the retention program as directed by your doctor will result in adverse tooth movement, disappointment in the final outcome, and possibly further treatment time and expense to rectify the relapse.

In brief: Relapse
Retainers are an integral part of orthodontic treatment and are meant to stabilize teeth in their new positions.
Failure to follow through with the retention program as directed by your doctor will result in adverse tooth movement, disappointment in the final outcome, and possibly further treatment time and expense to rectify the relapse.
Dr. Gary Brigham
Dr. Gary Brigham
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: So many times...
So many times, I am putting adults in braces for the second time.
It is expensive and it can cause root tips to shorten. Often referred to as root resorption. Please wear your retainers after going thru braces. It is a small price to pay compared to the costs and time involved with re-treating with braces.

In brief: So many times...
So many times, I am putting adults in braces for the second time.
It is expensive and it can cause root tips to shorten. Often referred to as root resorption. Please wear your retainers after going thru braces. It is a small price to pay compared to the costs and time involved with re-treating with braces.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Retainers
The purpose of retainers is to retain the teeth (hold them) in their new places.
If you don't wear your retainers then your teeth will want to move back to where they were before braces. If they were crooked they'll get crooked again. If they were spaced then they'll move apart again.

In brief: Retainers
The purpose of retainers is to retain the teeth (hold them) in their new places.
If you don't wear your retainers then your teeth will want to move back to where they were before braces. If they were crooked they'll get crooked again. If they were spaced then they'll move apart again.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. Randall Shaw
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Why risk it!
Your teeth are like every other part of your body.
...They tend to change with age. Most of those changes are not desirable. Fortunately, unlike other parts of your body, retainers are able to minimize the negative changes in your teeth. Wouldn't it be awesome if you could do the same for your vision or waistline!!

In brief: Why risk it!
Your teeth are like every other part of your body.
...They tend to change with age. Most of those changes are not desirable. Fortunately, unlike other parts of your body, retainers are able to minimize the negative changes in your teeth. Wouldn't it be awesome if you could do the same for your vision or waistline!!
Dr. Randall Shaw
Dr. Randall Shaw
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2 comments
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Excellent answer.
Dr. Robert Goldenberg
When teeth are moved during orthodontics the periodontal fibers (those the attach to the tooth and bone) are stretched and compressed. They hold memory and until the bone has reformed and become stable they can somewhat go back to their original position and cause re-crowding. Retainers hold the teeth in the new position until bone is stable again. No retainers = re-crowding.
Dr. Eric Linden
Dentistry - Periodontics
In brief: The teeth can move.
It is advisable to wear your retainer and if you lost it.
..Please have another appliance made asap.

In brief: The teeth can move.
It is advisable to wear your retainer and if you lost it.
..Please have another appliance made asap.
Dr. Eric Linden
Dr. Eric Linden
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