3. How Long Will I Need to Wear My Retainer?
For the first three to 12 months, you’ll need to wear your retainer 24/7 (except when eating or practicing oral hygiene). After that, you’ll wear your retainer only at night. In many cases, patients wear their retainers at night for the rest of their life. It’s an investment in their smile, so they’re willing to do it.
4. Are Retainers Uncomfortable?
You might find the retainer slightly annoying for the first week or so. It will take some getting used to, and you might notice an increase in salivary flow. Some patients also find it a bit harder to talk at first. After a few days – and with some practice – you’ll talk like normal and barely notice your retainer.
5. What Happens If I Lose My Retainer?
If you lose your retainer, we’ll make you a new one. If you lose your retainer, it is important to let us know as soon as possible so your teeth don’t begin to shift.