In real life, there is no age limit as to who can wear retainers. Many children, obviously, have to wear braces to ensure that their teeth grow straight and without problems. Even adults who never had the chance to fix their teeth early can wear retainers now. Furthermore, they can opt for clear retainers that are easier to use and are far more appropriate for their age.
Retainers are just like braces, but the rules are a little loose, considering that people can actually remove it. But, also just like braces, it must be in there most of the day to ensure the treatment finishes on time. Wearing orthodontic retainers actually changes a person’s face, and whether they like it not, it changes their daily habits quite a lot. Plus, there is the issue of paying more if it takes more time.
So, to ensure that the treatment will finish on time, follow these very rules that are very easy to do and probably takes no effort in doing:
Better Out Than In
Retainers are most effective when they are doing what they should do: straighten people’s teeth. For that to happen, everyone wearing one must abide by the orthodontist’s instruction and wear it for 90% of the day. It would feel strange, uncomfortable even, but people get used to that feeling. No matter what the situation is, it is always the same: bad comments at first, adapt in the end.
Crooked teeth do not do anyone a favour, especially when it comes to their speaking ability. It may be uncomfortable at first, but the more time a person spends wearing his or her retainer, it will be easier to speak soon. The best advice is to talk to people, mainly to friends and colleagues, while donning the retainers.
Sleep on It
Not many people know this, but it is actually safe to wear a retainer while sleeping. There is no need to remove it and by doing so, no one can complete the 20-hour instruction of the doctor. It is easy to be familiar to it and even in sleeping, it will not deter a good night’s rest.
A straight set of teeth has numerous benefits, many of which have something to do with a person’s overall health. With that in mind, getting used to a piece of metallic-plastic dental contraption may be tolerable in the long run.