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You will be asked to wear your retainers full time for six weeks with the exception of eating, drinking hot drinks and swimming. After the first six weeks your retainers will need to be worn each night for 10-12 hours (while you are sleeping works best) for as long as the teeth are to be maintained in their position. As teeth move over a lifetime, whether treatment has been carried out or not, it is best retainers are worn indefinitely.
There are two types of retainers:
Removable Clear Retainer
Lingual Bonded Wire
If retainers are lost or broken you should contact the practice as soon as possible to make an appointment to have new ones made. Your first set of retainers is included in the overall treatment fee but subsequent ones will incur an extra charge. It is the patients’ responsibility to wear retainers and maintain their orthodontic result.