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Orthodontics Ask The Dentist - Edward Leventhal Question:
I had othodontic work carried out for the last 18 moths now and in the next 2 months I will get my lingual braces out. My othodontist tells me that I will have to weear a retainer (in the top part of my mouth) for the rest of my life, to stop the teeth moving back in again. This is to be worn at night in conjunction with fixed retainers on the back of some of my teeth I think.

I thought the idea of wearing the retainer was that after a couple of years, you could stop wearing it, since the teeth would now be fixed in their final permanent positions. Can you advise on any other method that would fix my teeth in place without the need to wear a retianer for the rest of my life, it seems a bit of a drastic course of treatment. Thanks ...Jon in Dundee, Scotland

Jon, unfortunately, teeth move throughout your life, whether you had braces or not. As long as you want your teeth straight, you must wear your retainers. Hope this helps.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300

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