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Do I Really Have to Wear My Retainer?

Nothing compares to the day you get your braces removed. That first look in the mirror - that first look at your new, beautiful smile - is a moment you’ll remember forever. Your teeth are where you always wanted them to be. Dr. Eric and his staff don’t want that happy feeling to end - that’s why it’s so vital that you wear your retainer.

On that magical day that the braces come off or you finish your last Invisalign aligner, we will scan you for your retainers. Dr. Eric will instruct you to wear them all the time for a while (usually for a few weeks) and then while you sleep at night. Remember that your retainer is a representation of your perfect smile, so you need to commit to wearing it for years to come if you want to keep it perfect.

The reality is that when you are not wearing your retainer, your teeth start to return to their former positions. Dr. Eric likes to remind you that “teeth have memory.” They remember where they were before the braces or Invisalign and they will stubbornly try to go back. Some adult patients have to see us for additional orthodontic treatment if their teeth shift too far off track. Don’t let that happen - let’s keep Smiling Big forever!

Don’t let this retainer talk scare you away from braces or Invisalign. Come in for a free consultation and we’ll discuss your options. Chances are once you see how perfect your smile can be, you won’t mind popping in a retainer at night!

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