Should retainers after braces cover all teeth?


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I have always been given retainers that just cover my first molar teeth. I recently have been told that retainers are meant to cover all the teeth as this prevents an open bite forming. Is this true? Is there any medical orthodontic reason why I would possibly be given retainers after braces that do not cover all my teeth. Many thanks.
 
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Dr M

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Good day
Orthodontic retainers prevent relapse of your teeth after the treatment is finished. Relapse means your teeth shifting to the original position it was prior to treatment.
Sometimes the retainers don't reach all your teeth, because some of the molars might still be erupting or moving into their final position.
Retainers don't last forever. At a later stage, you can make a new retainer that covers all your teeth.
 

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