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How Long Will I Have to Wear a Retainer?

Posted on November 27th, 2021

Augusta dentist Dr. Jonathan Bullard of Bullard Dental discusses how long a retainer should be worn after orthodontic treatment.You’ve worn your braces or aligners, kept your checkup appointments, and followed treatment instructions from Dr. Jonathan Bullard. You love your new smile, but it’s not over yet—how long will you have to wear a retainer? There are two types of retainers: removable and fixed.

  • Removable retainers are taken out of your mouth during your oral hygiene routine or while eating. Removable retainers should be worn full-time for at least 12 months following removal of your braces. If your teeth have stopped moving, you may get the go-ahead for night wear only. However, some people may wear them at night indefinitely. Removable aligners include those used for clear aligner orthodontics systems.
  • Fixed retainers are held in place after being cemented to the backs of your teeth.  They are typically worn for several years.

This may not be the news you had hoped to hear, but you’ve put a lot of time and money into your beautiful new smile. If you want that gorgeous grin to be a permanent part of your life, you have to do all you can protect it.

Bullard Dental can answer questions about retainer use and any other dental concerns you may have. We’d here to help, so get in touch with us anytime!

 

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Written by Dr. Bullard

Dr. Bullard graduated cum laude from Augusta State University with a business administration and management degree. He served as vice president of his dental class at the Medical College of Georgia where he attained his DMD degree. Rather than entering into private practice directly after dental school, he furthered his education by completing a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center here in Augusta. Here he enriched his skills in diagnosis and treatment planning, endodontics, oral surgery, dental implants, and cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Bullard is currently an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is also in the process of attaining Diplomate Status in the American Board of Implant Dentistry. Diplomate Status in the ABOI is an internationally recognized achievement that involves hundreds of hours of dental implant training and multiple written and oral exams. Dr. Bullard is an active member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Augusta Dental Society.

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