How long can I go without wearing my retainer?
Ideally, you should be closely following the advice and instructions given by your orthodontist when it comes to when you should be wearing your retainer, and how long for. They’re meticulously designed to do the job of keeping your straighter smile in place, so failing to wear your retainer is never going to bring any benefits to your teeth.
We’d strongly advise against not wearing your retainer for even one day, let alone a few days or a week. Not only will your teeth begin moving after a few days, your retainer will stop fitting and trying to force it back over your realigned teeth is going to cause real discomfort and possibly some damage, too.
Think your orthodontist won’t notice if you haven’t been wearing your retainer? Think again! Our specialist orthodontists will be able to see straight away whether you’ve been following their instructions or not.
If your teeth have started to shift back to where they were, or if gaps have started to appear, your orthodontist may have to recommend going back to the drawing board and starting treatment again.