As your chompers move, they leave behind gaps in the surrounding bone and other tissue. A set of retainers will hold your teeth in place while your tissue catches up. This is why it’s important to wear your retainers full-time for the first 3-6 months. The bad news is your teeth are always moving.
Do you have to wear your retainer forever after braces? “Adults should wear their removable retainer or retainers every night, whether three or 30+ years after orthodontic treatment, unless specifically told otherwise by their orthodontist,” says Dr.
Nightly Wear You should wear your retainers nightly for at least a year. After that, you can shift your wear to every other night or so. After a few years, most individuals choose to wear theirs at night around three to five times a week.
No retainer rule applies to all people. If you don’t wear it for two days and it still fits, you got lucky. If it feels tight, then your teeth moved. The shift in the teeth that occurs in just 2 days is very minimal, so the retainers should still fit fine afterwards.
Do retainers hurt ? At first, it may feel a bit uncomfortable to wear a retainer because your mouth simply isn’t used to it. After a few days, however, any pressure and discomfort should subside and you should forget that you’re even wearing your retainer .
If this happens, you can schedule a visit with your orthodontist for a retainer appointment. The doctor can either adjust your retainer so that it fits again , or fit you for a new retainer to replace the one that no longer fits .
Lots of adults either didn’t get braces when they were children or didn’t complete their treatment including the well-known retainer which stabilizes realigned teeth. You may be wondering, “ can I get braces in my 30’s ?” You can , and many people do !
Going a year without wearing a retainer means that your teeth will have continued to move back to their original position and may even be crooked. The solution may be to restart treatment with braces. By wearing your retainer as instructed, you can prevent this from happening .
If the Shoe ( retainer ) Fits! If you decide to finally wear your retainer after a year of neglect and you can still fit it over your teeth, you are incredibly lucky! Best case scenario is that you’ll be able to fit the retainer on – even if it’s a bit tight.
If it’s uncomfortable or feels too small, your teeth have shifted and you’ ll need to talk to your orthodontist. Your retainer might be able to gently guide teeth back if the bone tissue hasn’t already grown and solidified your teeth’s new positions.
Clear retainers are the most common and most requested type of retainer Advanced Orthodontics offers. They are made in our office the same day you get your braces removed . A plastic material is vacuum formed to the plaster mold taken of your teeth.
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.
Ideally, it’d be great to wear your retainers every night for the rest of your life. After all, you should want to preserve that beautiful smile that you and your orthodontist worked so hard for! But after the first year or so, even just a few nights a week for several years would be preferable to nothing at all.
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.