Once braces come off we know it is exciting to see how great your new smile looks. And you want to keep it that way, right? However, some patients forget how important it is to wear their retainers to maintain that beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment is complete. At Kennell Orthodontics, we give specific instructions to all of our patients on how to properly wear retainers. Typically, retainers are worn 24/7 for the first three days after braces are removed, then just during sleep thereafter.
Retainers must be worn for life in order to maintain the teeth in position. Minor tooth movement can occur throughout life, which is why we strongly encourage our patients to always wear their retainers. Oh - and remember to keep those retainers away from the dog. Dogs don't just eat your homework, they eat retainers too!