Keeping Teeth Straight ... for Life
Teeth continue to move throughout life. Without a retainer, the forces in your jaw will cause your teeth to drift. It doesn’t take much to ruin the smile and bite that your orthodontist just fixed.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), it's recommended that retainers be worn for as long as you want your teeth to remain straight. The most common retention protocol is 6 months full-time wear followed by nighttime wear for life.