Retainers...How Long Will They Be A Part of Me?


Unless you had so much fun the first round and want to repeat the whole orthodontic process all over again, the answer is, yes, retainers are necessary and a lifetime commitment. Teeth continue to move and shift over time as we age. Teeth are held in place by bone and ligaments. Ligaments have a memory and often want to return to their original position. Other forces that apply pressure to the teeth can cause shifting including: chewing, clenching, nail biting, outward pressure of the tongue and inward pressure of the lips. However long you want to keep your teeth aligned, that's the length of time you wear a retainer. In short, this means they should be going with you when you check into the nursing home.