Why does my orthodontist ask me to wear my retainers after my braces come off? The reasons is because you were a naughty patient and your orthodontist wants to punish you! Just kidding! 🙂
The literature supports the need for lifetime retention. This means the patient should keep their retainer handy forever. The reason is that teeth tend to move back to their original location, i.e. before braces treatment. In addition, the oral environment is dynamic in that the very dimension of the mandible tends change slightly throughout a person’s life. The arch (bite form) can also change rather quickly if a patient looses a tooth for example. What this means is teeth follow the laws of physics too and will move to an area of least resistance if a force, or lack thereof, allows it. This is where our retainers come in. The retainer will keep the teeth in the position they were in when the retainer was first made.
So don’t forget to wear those retainers!
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