How Long Should I Wear Retainers?

The short answer to how long you should wear your retainers after orthodontic treatment is…..the rest of your life. We surely wish we could tell you your teeth would absolutely stay put without the need to wear retainers, but that is just not the case.   The simple truth is that teeth shift over time.  When you get your braces off or finish your Invisalign treatment, your teeth will want to go back to their original positions.  Sometimes teeth shift quite quickly, and in other cases teeth shift very slowly and gradually.

When you first get your braces off, here at KCC Orthodontics we ask you to wear your retainers full time, meaning most of the day, unless you are eating or brushing your teeth.  At the end of orthodontic treatment, your bone has been softened and ligaments loosened due to the orthodontic movements that were made.  We need your bone and ligaments to tighten back up without any movement at all, so we ask you to wear your retainers full time.  Think of this process like the curing of wet concrete, your bone just needs some time to harden and set around the teeth.  Here at KCC Orthodontics, Dr. Gutierrez gradually cuts back the time you wear your retainers each day over a 4-6 month time period.  The end goal being nighttime only wear to keep your teeth as straight and beautiful as the day we took your braces off or finished your Invisalign treatment.

If you currently have retainers and they are fitting well, keep going to avoid any future need for more orthodontic treatment.  If you have retainers but have not been wearing them consistently, and they are tight, please wear them as much as you can (even all day) until they no longer feel tight.  If you have had some very minimal shifting from not wearing your retainers, the retainers can possibly move the teeth back to the original retention position

If your retainers do not fit because your teeth have slightly shifted, we can do one of several things.  1) We can do some limited orthodontic treatment and get your teeth aligned correctly, then make new retainers, OR 2) we can simply make you some new retainers to keep your teeth exactly where they are currently.  But please remember, if you decide to do nothing and stop wearing retainers completely, there is a strong risk that your teeth will continue to shift even more than they already have.

Feel free to call KCC Orthodontics at 281-392-0888 if you would like to be evaluated for orthodontic treatment or just need new retainers.

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❓ How long should you wear your retainers?!

🙋 The short answer to how long you should wear your retainers after orthodontic treatment is…..the rest of your life. We surely wish we could tell you your teeth would absolutely stay put without the need to wear retainers, but that is just not the case.

More on the blog, 🔗 is in our bio!
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🎓 C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S 🎓

Hey grads, high school, college, trade school -

Congrats!! We're proud of you! 🥳

Special shoutout to Annie's sons Austin & Cody! They both are Fulshear High School graduates, class of 2021. 🌟

Who do you know that has or is graduating this year? 🗣️ Shout them out by tagging them on this post so we can celebrate them too!!

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🔹 The KCC Team is dedicated to serving you, your family, and the community well by providing an extraordinary experience.

One way that we do this is by valuing our TEAM first.

📚 Among other books, these are some of the personal development books we've read and discussed as a team.

Have you read any of these? Tell us in the comments!

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🔹 Meet Amy!! 🔹

Her role within our office is to help new patients understand the orthodontic process and work with Dr. G on treatment plans.

Outside of the office, you can find Amy regularly playing a sport. Can you guess which one??!

😉 Hint: the answer is in our latest blog post -- 🔗 Link is in our bio!
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Summer is just around the corner!!

KCC has partnered with Typhoon Texas once again to offer discounted passes! See the link in our bio to purchase your day pass, season pass, or family passes at a discounted rate.

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Let the FUN continue!!

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Guess what KCC?!

IT IS NESSA'S B I R T H D A Y!! 🥳

Let's throw her an emoji party! How many different birthday/celebratory emoji's can we share in the comments?! 😃 AND GO!!

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Is it vacation time yet!?

Dr. G loves snow skiing with his kids when he gets the time!

What does your ideal vacation look like??

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On behalf of KCC, we want to recognize all moms today.

Those who are moms now.
Those who are expecting moms.
Those who desire to be moms and may be grieving today.

We love you and are thankful for you!!

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Yesterday we talked about family. ⤵️

Our KCC family starts here, with our team. Every week we gather as a team to meet about the week and pray over each other and you! 🙏🏼

We gather inside and outside of the office, as a team. We believe in the value of investing in one another.

We are family. 💙

Starting here, with our Katy, TX team, allows us to extend our value of family to our patients, their families, and the community.

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