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How long is a clear plastic dental retainer effective?

Your orthodontist will tell you how long to wear your clear plastic dental retainer. Some people need to wear a retainer all day and all night for two years, while others may only need to wear it at night for a period of six months. Still others may be instructed to wear a retainer every other night for many years. It depends entirely on your teeth and the course of treatment your orthodontist decides is best for you.

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