You’ve just had your braces removed to reveal a beautiful new smile! Now your orthodontist has given you something called a “retainer” to wear. We previously discussed how a retainer keeps your teeth from shifting back to their original place. Another common question that patients have is “how long will I wear my retainer”? The length of treatment and the daily schedule for its application varies depending on the patient. While each patient is unique, we can still look at different types of retainer treatments.

It’s very important for patients to wear their retainers to keep their new smiles from changing.


We don’t look the same as we did 10 years ago. Our bodies change over time and teeth shift their positions. Retainers are most commonly worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the first three months. The only time a retainer is removed is when you eat or brush your teeth. Some patients may only need to wear their retainers at night for the first 3 months. In order to keep your teeth from shifting, your orthodontist might even have you wear a life-long retainer at night.  For more information on the length of your retainer treatment, please contact Dr. Gorantla and the friendly staff of Smiles Orthodontics!