How Long Are You Supposed To Wear A Retainer?

After receiving orthodontic treatment, you will be required to wear a retainer that will ensure your teeth remain straight and aligned. So for how long will you wear this retainer? Keep reading to find out.

Key takeaways: 

• For severe misalignment, dentists usually recommend wearing a retainer for a year.

• After your year is up, the dentist can allow you to wear your retainers only at night. 

• If you regularly forget to wear your retainer, keep it next to your toothbrush. 

Talk to your dentist if you have more questions about wearing your retainers.


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.