When you finish your orthodontic treatment at Bovenizer Orthodontics, you will be given a set of retainers to wear. In the beginning, Dr Bovenizer will recommend that you wear your retainers all of the time. After you come back for your retainer check, Dr Bovenizer will decide how long you will need to keep your retainers on full time and when you can scale back to night -time wear.
Retainers are now recommended for a lifetime. As orthodontics continues to evolve, research on the aging process has shown that teeth can shift, even after braces. In the past, most orthodontists recommended that patients wear their retainers two years before removing them. If you look at most adults who had braces as children and only wore their retainers for two years, you will see how teeth slip back out of place. Most orthodontists now recommend that retainers need to be worn nightly for the rest of their patient’s lives.
Wearing a retainer for life is not something that most patients want to hear, but it’s an important part of the orthodontic process. After spending two years of your life in braces, isn’t it worth it to keep that beautiful smile in line for life by wearing a retainer? Think of it as part of your daily routine and you will get in the habit. Everyday you brush your teeth, comb your hair and put clothes on, just add a retainer to that list and you’ll keep those pearly whites in shape.