Wearing a retainer after having braces removed is just one of the ways retainers are used. During this route, the retainer is typically worn each day for a period of six months, then the person will wear it to bed at night for a while. This effort just helps to ensure that the new tooth placement is retained.
There are other conditions that call for a retainer as part of corrective treatment as well. Some of those conditions include: closing any gaps that might be in the bite, to help correct speech problems, or a variety of medical conditions, including tongue thrust, where the tongue goes between the teeth when talking.
Retainers can also be used to address bruxism, which is the grinding of the teeth while sleeping. There are a variety of conditions that may call for a treatment plan that requires a retainer. Working with an orthodontist is the best way to determine if one can help with a particular condition and how long one would have to be worn, as the time varies depending on the severity of the problem being treated.
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