How Often Should You Be Wearing Your Retainer?

After you receive orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign, you will receive a prescribed retainer that you will be required to wear. This retainer helps to prevent shifting of the teeth by keeping them in their new spot. However, many people aren’t consistent when it comes to wearing their retainers, and their teeth end up shifting back. Don’t be this person! Wear your retainer regularly to maintain that new, beautiful smile.

How often should you be wearing your retainer?

While everyone’s orthodontist may recommend something different, typically, it is recommended that you wear your retainer every night for the first year. After that, you can switch to 3-5 times a week. Night-time is the perfect time to pop it in as you won’t be eating, drinking, talking, or seeing people in public. Make sure you wear your retainer enough that it doesn’t hurt when you wear it. Discomfort is never fun and can be avoided!

What happens when you don’t wear your retainer?

If you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth will start to shift back to their original places before your orthodontic treatment. This would be a complete waste of time and money! Keep your teeth beautiful and straight by wearing your retainer according to your orthodontist’s recommendation.

Can you get new retainers if you lose yours?

You can absolutely get a new retainer if something happens to yours! Make sure to contact your orthodontist right away so you can get a new retainer before your teeth start shifting back.
Are your teeth crooked and misaligned? Braces and Invisalign are two great options for those looking to straighten their smile. Receive a complimentary consultation with full X-Rays, a detailed treatment plan, and a meeting with Dr. Amanda. To schedule, call 262.377.8950 or contact us today!

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