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How common are clear plastic dental retainers in children?

Clear plastic dental retainers are common among children, especially during the preteen or teenage years. Most children need to wear a retainer after their braces are taken off. As a child’s body continues to grow, some teeth shifting may occur. A retainer can help the teeth stay set in their new positions. Some children also wear retainers to close a space between their teeth or to move one tooth when braces aren’t needed.

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