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Permanent retainers

03/04/2008

Question:

If you have permanent retainers should you still have a retainer imprint that you should wear. How long do you have to wear retainers, including the imprints if needed?

Answer:

Permanent is a word that really has no place in biology. We all change throughout life and so do the periodontal fibers and support fibers adjacent to teeth that have been moved through orthodontics. Because so many patients over the years have lost removable retainers orthodontists have used bonded inside wires to minimize the return of crowding. Obviously bonding can fracture in time and may need to be repaired. One solution is to have removable retainers available to reduce the likelihood of change. The amount of change expected can best be answered by your orthodontist, so I would have a plan for a six month recall for at least the length of time you were in appliances.

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Response by:

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