Question: What happens if you don’t wear your retainer all the time?
Answer: If you don’t wear your retainer you will run the risk of your teeth shifting back to their original position. The ligaments around the teeth have memory, and the more rotated your teeth were before, the more likely they will drift back without the proper retention. It is most important to wear your retainer for the first 6 months following orthodontic treatment, so that the bone around the teeth will have a better chance to fully fill in the areas around where the tooth was moved from. After this time it is recommended to continue wearing your retainers, unless you are told otherwise by your dentist or orthodontist. At the very least, you should try in your retainer every few days to make sure that it isn’t fitting too tight, signaling some drifting may be taking place. A permanent metal wire splinted to the inside of your front teeth can eliminate the need for the removable retainer, and help to maintain your straightened teeth if you are prone to being non-compliant.