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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why are retainers suggested to be worn at night?

    Hi. I'm very curious why most of orthodontist suggest to wear at night but not during day. Is there something happening to our teeth during night? Thank you
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  • Principal dentist of Newington Dental Care. Previous teaching staff for the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney. Special interest in dental anxiety management and orthodontics. … View Profile

    Every orthodontist has their own protocol as to how often and when you should wear your retainers. The first 6-12 months after having the braces off are the most crucial and have a higher risk of relapse. Ideally wear your retainers nightly for as regularly as possible, during day time as well if you can.

    The main reason for night time wear being a common recommendation is that some patients don't really like wearing it during the day time as some retainers are visible and can make speaking difficult, it tends not to bother you much whilst wearing it during sleep.     

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