If you have finished with your orthodontic treatment and are wearing retainers (or will be soon), this is a special place to connect with others in your (enviable) situation. Ask a question or make a comment about life post-braces.
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I've been wearing a lower hawley retainer for nearly a year now to stop shifting on my bottom teeth. There is no problem with the retainer,but I was wondering how long a retainer can last if kept in proper care.
Mine is going on 5 years with no problem.
I'm the owner/admin of this site. Had ceramic uppers, metal lowers ~3 years in my early 40's. Now in Hawley retainers at night!
I've seen them last 15+ years, but have heard that 5-10 is the norm. Just keep brushing it and if you happen to lose it, make sure you get a new one right away. I've seen so many cases where the retainer gets lost and it is not replaced and the patient relapses.