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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At KCC, we’re committed to having a fun and extraordinary time no matter what age! 😃 We’ve listed 10 organizations and events that cater to the adults of our Katy, Texas community. P.S. Those outside the ‘Katy Bubble’ are also welcome!

Check out the post up on our blog. 🔗 Link in bio!

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We may be a team but we're also family. All smiles over here!

Shoutout to our team today, we love getting to work together!

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We remember September 11, 2001. We will never forget the lives lost and the lives risked that day.

To the families grieving today, we are covering you in prayer.

- Dr. G & the KCC Ortho Team

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H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y A L Y S S A!!! 🥳🤩

Alyssa serves on our clinical team. You may see her in other areas of the office helping out or taking photos at our new photo station!! 📸

Here she’s pictured with her husband, Norman. They love adventuring together!! 🤿

Join us in celebrating Alyssa today! Let’s shower those comments, KCC Ortho fam!! 💙

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Hard work deserves to be celebrated! We're doing just that today.

Happy Labor Day, KCC family!

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Dear KCC family,

Whatever you may be facing today we hope this truth brings you peace! We are praying you have a blessed day today and rest knowing the Lord is capable.

Enjoy your weekend!

- Dr. G & the KCC Orthodontics Team 💙

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One of our patient's favorite benefits of clear aligners is that we don't have to see you as often for appointments, we can more easily cater them to your lifestyle.

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KCC fam,

This is your reminder to snag your students school supplies, if you haven't already!

We can't believe the 2021-2020 school year is right around the corner.

If your student is in KISD, we have linked the school supplies lists for all schools in our bio!!
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KCC Family,

It is an honor to read your reviews on a weekly basis in our team meeting. We appreciate each and every one of you who have taken the time to write out your thoughts about our office, our team, and your experience at KCC Orthodontics!

To read more of our reviews yourself, please visit look us up on Google or click on '⭐ Reviews ⭐', linked in our bio!

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