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3Q2. What are the consequences of not wearing a retainer?

What are the consequences of not wearing a retainer?

 

The consequences would vary depending on many factors including patient’s initial malocclusion, biological response to treatment, balance of oral-facial musculature, remaining growth, occlusion at end of treatment, continuation of oral habits, number of months after the treatment patient stop wearing the retainer and treatment technique employed by the orthodontist.

 

If patient stop wearing the retainer soon after debonding, there are high probability of teeth relapsing to pretreatment malocclusion but usually to less severe degree. If patient stop wearing the retainer after six months and the patient have already completed his or her growth and does not have unbalanced oral-facial musculature, then most of the treatment improvement should remain.

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