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How common are clear plastic dental retainers in adults?

Most people undergo orthodontic treatment in the preteen or teenage years. This is the time when treatment can be most effective. These days, many adults are also seeking orthodontic treatment. So although clear plastic dental retainers are more common among teens, there are a significant number of adults who use them.

The drawback of receiving orthodontic treatment (and consequently, wearing a retainer to ensure that the benefits of treatment are maintained) is that it often comes with more complications. Adults are more likely to have gum problems and many also have jaw alignment problems that require surgery to correct. But the biggest obstacle is that adults are no longer growing, which can make orthodontic treatment more difficult.

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