How long do I need to wear retainers?

How long do I need to wear retainers?
Posted on 01/17/2019

For life! (Or at least as long as you want straight teeth.)

Teeth will absolutely continue to move throughout your life. As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, some people’s teeth are just more stable than others and those lucky folks don’t have to be as diligent in wearing their retainers. However, the only way to protect the result that we achieve with braces or Invisalign is to be consistent in wearing your retainers each night.

Many adults will say “my orthodontist didn’t tell me that!” And it’s true, for years, orthodontists WANTED to say “Wear them for 5 years or 10 years or until you’re 18 or 21” and what we’ve found is that there is no safe time to stop wearing them.

We hope that our patients get into a good easy habit of brushing their teeth and putting in retainers each night. It’s the best (only) way to protect the investment of time and money and effort that you put into straightening your teeth.

If you have specific questions about retainer style or length of wear, please bring them to your initial consult appointment. Give us a call at (707) 938 – 5255 today!