Most people are only too happy to discard their retainers, after having worn them along with braces for months if not years, to get their teeth straightened. But does it cause any harm to your teeth, if you abruptly quit wearing those corrective retainers? Dr. Vaysman, Dr. Basir, and Dr. Jahn Shahi, your New York, NY orthodontist experts, offer the following advice regarding the continued wearing of retainers.
The function of retainers is to ensure that the bone and ligaments around your newly aligned teeth, stay in position to support the modified positioning of the teeth. That process takes approximately one year after the braces themselves have been removed. Even after that year expires though, it is advisable to put your retainers in at least part-time, on an indefinite basis.
Oral shifting in adults
Even for adults, the shifting of teeth and supporting tissue does not cease, and that means your teeth could slowly relapse toward their former position in your mouth. Your childhood retainer might not fit anymore, but it’s still a good idea to get re-fitted for a new retainer, and wear it occasionally, so as to retain the desired positioning of your teeth.
Your Upper East Side Orthodontics team would like to remind you that there are more problems associated with crooked teeth than just the cosmetic issues. Misaligned teeth are generally harder to brush and floss, and that means they are more susceptible to decay, disease, and other issues. By scheduling regular appointments with your orthodontics team, these potential problems can be avoided.