Retainers are made at the end of orthodontic treatment to hold, or retain, the teeth and jaws in their new position. Initially, retainers should be worn close to full time, but after a period of time they may be worn at night, and eventually perhaps only a few nights each week, as your doctor feels comfortable.
Studies following people from childhood to middle age have demonstrated that even without braces, there is a tendency for teeth to become more crowded with age, even in adults, as our bodies age and mature. Other studies have shown that after orthodontic treatment, some crowding returns when retainers are not used. Many orthodontists recommend using retainers for a lifetime in order to have a lifetime of straight teeth.
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