How Long Do I Need To Wear a Retainer?

Many people may not realize they need to continue wearing a retainer even when their orthodontic treatment is complete. A dentist may recommend wearing a retainer for at least a year.

Key takeaways:

  • Teeth can shift back to their original position if you don’t wear a retainer. 
  • Your dentist may advise that you wear your retainer overnight once the first year is up.
  • Wearing your retainer even a few nights every week could help prevent the need and expense of future orthodontics.

“For too many adults, having to invest in orthodontia again is an unfortunate reality of not wearing their retainer. For many, they had braces as a teenager but neglected to wear their retainer, forcing them to consider orthodontic treatment again as an adult.”

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