How Long Do You Have To Wear Retainers

Do you wear a retainer? If you do, then we want to know how long you have been wearing one for! Why would we care about that? Well, it turns out that there is a correlation between how long someone has worn their retainer and the severity of any orthodontic problems they might face.

In this article, we will discuss the relationship between retention time and orthodontic health as well as what can happen if people stop wearing their retainers too soon.

What Is A Retainer?

A retainer is a device that is used to keep teeth in their new position after orthodontic treatment. There are different types of retainers, but the most common type is the removable retainer.

A removable: retainer is a clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth and is held in place by friction. There are also fixed (or bonded) retainers which are made of metal wires and brackets that are attached to the back of your teeth.

Fixed retainers: are more commonly used for adults because they offer more stability than removable retainers. However, both types of retainers are effective at keeping teeth in their new position.

Duration Of Wearing Retainers?

The general rule is that you should wear your retainer as much as possible. It is important to wear it while you sleep and at least 12 hours a day during the week (turned slightly out of alignment if need be). This will help ensure that the changes in your teeth happen correctly and stay there permanently.

You should also use retainers after orthodontic treatment for an additional year or two. There are different types of retainers, but the most common type is the removable retainer.

Minimum Duration Of Wearing Retainers?

Well it will depend on the type of retainer and how severe your misalignment was before treatment. Your orthodontist can give you specific instructions about when and how to wear your retainers. Generally, however, it is best to wear them as much as possible, especially during the daytime.

If you stop wearing your retainers regularly, your teeth may move back into their original position. This could mean that you would need to go through another round of orthodontic treatment – and who wants that? So make sure you stick to those retainers!

You should continue wearing your retainer(s) according to Dr.\’s orders even after braces are removed. Most people wear retainers full-time for the first six months, then part-time (at night) for another six months.

What Will Happen When My Doctor Take Off My Retainers?

When your doctor takes off your retainers, they will most likely give you a retainer schedule. This is the time frame during which you should wear your retainers less and less. Generally, after the initial six-month period of wearing them full-time, people switch to part-time (nightly) wear for another six months.

After that, it\’s generally safe to stop wearing them altogether (although some people choose to continue wearing them part-time). If you don\’t follow this schedule, your teeth may move back into their original position – meaning you might have to go through another round of orthodontic treatment!

If you feel like you\’re not wearing your retainers enough, talk to your orthodontist. They may be able to give you a more lenient wear schedule (depending on how much progress your teeth have made).

It\’s also important to note that retainers should be kept clean – just like your braces! Brushing them with toothpaste and water after every meal is generally sufficient. If they start to look dirty or cloudy, you can soak them in denture cleaner or even mouthwash.

When Do I Take Off My Retainers?

At this point in time, there isn\’t one specific age when most people take off their retainers; however, many patients leave them out while sleeping or only occasionally at nighttime before going to bed. It is very likely that if someone chooses not to wear his/her retainer for a long time after treatment is complete, they will most likely have to wear their retainer for longer than those who continue wearing it.

Wearing your retainers as directed and taking them out only when necessary can keep you from having to go through the process of life with braces again. It\’s important that patients always remember what we discussed during their appointments: if you take care of your teeth, they\’ll be healthy and strong!


We would like to conclude by saying that wearing retainers for the time that your orthodontist recommends is very important, but it\’s even more important to take care of them by cleaning them thoroughly each night before bed and even in the morning. If you do this, we know that you\’ll be able to keep yourself from having to go through braces again!

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