A Final Word
A Final Word about Retainers and Wisdom Teeth
Retainers are for life.
All your life your teeth may shift and any twisted or rotated teeth may turn even more. Having orthodontic treatment, even treatment involving extractions, does not mean your teeth will not move. How much your teeth will move and when, is not predictable. Changes vary in severity and age of onset, although for most people the chance for teeth to move will decrease with time.
You should insert your retainers every night to check that your teeth aren't shifting. If the retainers feel tight, wear them for the night. However, if the retainers do not feel tight, your teeth are holding their position and you don’t necessarily need to wear your retainers that night. You should wear it enough to ensure that it continues to fit well.
By wearing the retainers as needed (often once a week) you improve the chance of keeping your teeth straight, but if you do not wear retainers your teeth will gradually shift over time and become crooked.
If you have a bonded lower retainer (one glued in), it can be left in place indefinitely provided your dentist checks it at each six-month check up. It does require more effort in cleaning (as you know) and the bonding material does not last forever.
If you encounter problems with your retainers, we will gladly do the necessary repairs. Since our financial agreement covers the orthodontic treatment and up to three to four years of retainer supervision, any future repair or replacement of the retainers could mean an additional charge.
The final decision regarding your wisdom teeth is up to you and your dentist. However, we may recommend:
- you see your dentist to discuss the removal of your wisdom teeth
- all wisdom teeth will likely need to be removed within the next few years
- wisdom teeth are in an early stage of development and your dentist will monitor them
- wisdom teeth are absent
- wisdom teeth appear to be in a favorable position and to have sufficient room. They do not need to be removed for orthodontic reasons
No further orthodontic visits will be scheduled at this time, but you are always welcome to return if you have any questions or concerns. My staff and I thank you for letting us provide your orthodontic care.