Don’t Forget Your Retainer!

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A new study revealed how often patient’s teeth move after braces are removed.

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has launched a new campaign to encourage patients to continue wearing wires at night even when their teeth have been fixed.

It comes after research found that 70 per cent of people who had braces need treatment again after 10 years.

To combat this, you need to wear your retainer every night, even after the first few months of getting your braces off. If you fail to wear your retainer, or don’t have a built-in retainer, you might need more orthodontia care down the road.

If you had braces as a child and are now embarassed that your teeth are crooked – you are not alone! Many adult patients visit our office to get Invisalign or metal braces, despite having had orthodontia care in their youth. If your teeth only moved a small amount, you could get braces for just six month, and they will be corrected.

If your teeth have moved, but your bite is still aligned, you likely don’t need to get braces again. Many patients want their teeth to be straight for cosmetic reasons, so give us a call if that’s you!