Do I need to wear a retainer forever?

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Do I need to wear a retainer forever?

Having to wear a retainer for life means you are going to need replacement retainers throughout your life. While retainers are made to be durable, they do not last forever. The average Essix style retainer lasts for six months to a few years, depending on wear and how well it is cared for.

When can you stop wearing your retainer?

Retainers keep your smile in place when active treatment is complete and adults need to wear their retainers for life, but adolescents may be able to stop wearing them after about 10 years.

Can I stop wearing my retainer after 4 years?

Your retainers will help prevent this from happening as you age. To maintain a straight smile for a lifetime, you’re going to need to wear your retainers nightly for the rest of your life. The good news is, after some time it won’t be necessary to wear them as often.

Do I have to wear my retainer 24 7?

Retainers are worn after the braces come off to “retain” your straight teeth. Without them, your teeth can drift back into their original position. That’s why its so important to wear your retainers 24/7 for about a year. After that, you can just wear them at night.

Is it OK to not wear retainers for a day?

Retainers are designed to keep your teeth in place, choosing to not wear it for a long period of time will cause some issues. It’s fine to miss a day or two because your teeth won’t move much during that time. If you go without it much longer than that, then your teeth will start to shift again.

Will not wearing my retainer one night?

When you forget to wear your retainer at night, you run the risk of losing your straight smile and all the time spent wearing your braces. However, if you only forget to wear your retainer for a night, likely the visible appearance of your teeth won’t change right away but can if this continues to happen.

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So yes, teeth move overnight, though the change might be imperceptible at first. Regardless of dental decay or bad habits, our teeth usually shift over time, resulting in gaps, misalignment, and crookedness. It takes time to notice a changing appearance.

Why is my retainer tight every night?

If the night retainers feel too tight, there is a large amount of pressure from the teeth. As a starting point, the night retainers are worn as long as it takes for the teeth to settle in their new position. In many cases, the teeth will always try to move to some degree.

Is it bad if my retainer is tight?

If your retainers feel tight, but not painful, keep wearing them full time over the next few days until they start to feel okay. If your retainers are painful, or you can’t get them to fit over your teeth, don’t force them. Contact the orthodontist or dentist who provided your treatment.

Is it bad to force a retainer on?

If you have to force your retainer to fit, you shouldn’t wear it: forcing a retainer that doesn’t fit could damage your teeth or the retainer. Try gently putting the retainer back in your mouth: if you have to force it, then it no longer fits and you should not try to put it in your mouth.

Why do retainers smell so bad?

Just like on your teeth, plaque, tartar, and bacteria can build up on the surface of your retainer. This build-up contributes to the bad smell you may experience. While brushing and flossing your teeth are important to keep these things in check, regular cleaning of your retainer is also important.

Can I wear my old retainers?

Old retainers may still be usable Most patients that do not wear their retainers will soon discover that their teeth have shifted, and the old retainer might not fit anymore. If the retainer is tight, we recommend wearing it anyway, even if it makes your teeth a little sore at first.

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Can I chew gum with a retainer?

Do not chew gum with the retainers in! A bonded retainer is a small wire bonded (glued) to the tongue side of your lower front six teeth.

Can retainers rot your teeth?

No, Invisalign aligners and retainers do not cause cavities. The best way to fight against tooth decay is to properly brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis.

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