ZocdocAnswersWill I need to get braces again if my retainer checkup shows I hav enot been wearing my retainer?

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Will I need to get braces again if my retainer checkup shows I hav enot been wearing my retainer?

Heyy. I'm a 22 year old woman and I stopped wearing my retainer for a week. Will the orthodontist know this when I go to get my checkup? It was only a week! I hope I don't need braces again.

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While wearing your retainer is important to make sure that you are able to maintain the beautiful teeth that took so much time (and money!) to obtain, it usually takes a while before the results are lost. In other words, it took you quite a while for your teeth to grow into the correct position, and it will take some time for the results to be lost. Like all good things, however, it is easier for your teeth to go back to their normal position than it was for them to become the way they are now. So please keep wearing your retainer and visiting your orthodontist as recommended, so that you don't have to go through that ordeal all over again. For most people, losing that beautiful look will be the result of a long period without the proper prevention, and so it is most important to not skip days repeatedly in the future. You can speak with your orthodontist about the appropriate schedule, and how long to wear your retainer each day. Remember to maintain excellent hygiene at all times, and follow up with your dentist at least twice a year for cleaning and examinations.

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