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You may think that once your braces are off, you’re at the end of your orthodontic treatment road. While you won’t have to deal with braces again, you will need to wear a retainer. Retainers are a critical part of the orthodontic treatment process and failing to wear yours can actually result in you needing braces again.

So let’s look at the process of getting the retainer put together and why you need to wear it.

Your retainer will need to be worn right after your braces are taken off. This can be done immediately after your braces have been removed. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually subsides.

The times you need to wear a retainer might change over time, depending on the how quickly the tension abates. At the same time, if your retainer is damaged or if you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total duration of the retention phase. You should expect to use a retainer for about the same amount of time you wore your braces.

If you have any questions about your retainer, call us today at 214-842-8106.


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Dr. Doug Jensen