What Happens When People Do Not Wear Their Orthodontic Retainers

Orthodontic Retainers Pembroke Pines, FL

Many people think that their journey with teeth straightening ends when their braces are removed or they finish their clear aligner treatment but neglecting to wear orthodontic retainers often causes delays in their new, straight smile. Wearing your retainer is an easy step to ensure that you will have a straight smile for the rest of your lifetime. While this advice may seem simple and straightforward, the lack of wearing your retainers is one of the biggest reasons that patients don’t see straight teeth or are dissatisfied with their results.

What are orthodontic retainers? 

Before diving into why it’s essential to wear your orthodontic retainer as directed by your orthodontist, let’s explore what exactly these retainers do. Simply put, retainers help you retain the straightening changes to your teeth and bite made with braces or clear aligners. There are many types of retainers. However, the most widely used are permanent and plastic retainers.

Permanent retainers are glued to the back side of your teeth and connect to the front so that your teeth cannot move. This type of retainer must be installed by your orthodontist and can be removed when necessary. In contrast, plastic retainers are molded to fit smoothly over your teeth, like a mouth guard, and are made custom to fit the needs of your teeth. The plastic retainer can be removed to eat and brush your teeth, and your orthodontist will make sure you are comfortable in your retainer and cleaning it. 

Why you should wear your orthodontic retainers 

Many people neglect to wear their retainers regularly after their straightening treatment ends. However, it is crucial to continue wearing your retainer as your orthodontist prescribes. Permanent retainers take the guesswork out of wearing your retainer as they can only be removed by an orthodontic professional, meaning that you will see the last impact of your teeth straightening. On the other hand, there is the responsibility of the patient to continue to wear their removable retainer. 

When a retainer is not worn, teeth begin to move back to their original position, negating much of the results achieved by braces or clear aligners. While everyone’s teeth shift at a different speed, it’s proven that teeth begin to shift directly following the end of straightening treatment. When a retainer is not worn, it’s not only teeth that can shift, but any improvements to your bite will shift as well. When teeth and your bite begin to shift, the results from braces or aligners can disappear.

After weeks or a month of not wearing your retainer, it’s possible to reverse the shifting with a newly fitted retainer. Still, if you neglect to wear your retainer for an extended period, you may have to repeat your straightening treatment at your own expense. 

Your orthodontist will ensure that you have a properly fitted retainer and know how to care for it. Wearing your retainer may seem inconvenient, but it is key to ensuring the healthy smile that you achieve through straightening treatment can last a lifetime. 

Request an appointment here: https://www.getorthosmiles.com or call Ortho Smiles at (954) 271-8073 for an appointment in our Pembroke Pines office.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Orthodontics in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Recent Posts

What Are The Types Of Early Orthodontic Treatments?

Most parents are familiar with traditional orthodontic treatment that usually starts when a child hits adolescence. Typically, orthodontics are needed to correct gaps, bite issues or crowding issues. However, in some cases, early orthodontic treatment may be needed. Early orthodontic treatment is not limited to one type. Each child has varying needs that serve as the…

Reasons To Consider Clear Braces For Teens

We all want our children to have straight, healthy teeth; clear braces for teens (or invisible braces) for teens are an excellent solution compared to traditional braces. Thankfully, modern dentistry has made major improvements in braces technology that makes them more effective and more comfortable, and invisible. Now there’s no longer a need to worry…

A Step By Step Guide To Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries, but it still makes many nervous. However, many patients find that knowing what to expect from the process helps ease nerves. This article offers a step-by-step look at the process to make the procedure seem less intimidating. In addition, we will examine the potential…

Braces For Teens: What Are Your Options?

There are now more options than ever for teenagers to reliably and quickly straighten their teeth. Whether you simply want the best results or strongly desire a more discreet treatment, there is an option for you.Here, we discuss the various types of braces for teens, highlighting the differences between each and when one may be…

Recent Posts

What Are The Types Of Early Orthodontic Treatments?

What Are The Types Of Early Orthodontic Treatments?

Most parents are familiar with traditional orthodontic treatment that usually starts when a child hits adolescence. Typically, orthodontics are needed to correct gaps, bite issues or crowding issues. However, in some cases, early orthodontic treatment may be needed. Early orthodontic treatment is not limited to one type. Each child has varying needs that serve as the…

Reasons To Consider Clear Braces For Teens

Reasons To Consider Clear Braces For Teens

We all want our children to have straight, healthy teeth; clear braces for teens (or invisible braces) for teens are an excellent solution compared to traditional braces. Thankfully, modern dentistry has made major improvements in braces technology that makes them more effective and more comfortable, and invisible. Now there’s no longer a need to worry…

Dr. Cozzarelli is a Member of AAO, ADA, and FDA:

Member of American Association of Orthodontists Member of American Dental Association Member of Florida Dental Association