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Wearing your retainer



My braces were removed back in 2004, and of course I recieved a retainer. I have the ones you can take in and out. I still wear mine every night while I`m sleeping as of now, should I continue to wear them? I`m afraid of my teeth moving if I stop wearing them. Also do they ever becoming impossible to wear(like becoming too dirty)? Thanks!


If I were you, I would continue to wear them.  Teeth have a tendency to shift throughout life. If they get too bad, like glasses, you can have new ones made for a small investment. It's kind of like an insurance policy.

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Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS
Professor Emeritus - Clinical, Associate of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University