How many hours a day should I be wearing my hawley retainer?

Hi! I am a thirteen year old female and I just got my braces off after having them for 19 months. I received a standard hawley retainer for my top and bottom teeth. My problem is, I have a TERRIBLE lisp with it, but my orthodontist told me I had to wear it 24/7. I hate how it looks, and it is very uncomfortable. I don't have a problem with wearing it to bed, but I really don't want to wear it to school, because no one else that I know has to wear their retainer to school. I was wondering if it would be okay to not wear my retainer to school, (school is only seven hours), and then wear it for the rest of the day. I'd also wear it 24/7 on weekends and days off. Would this be okay to do, or would it damage my teeth?

Answer: How Many Hours Should I Wear My Retainer

By Sarah h

It is always best to listen to the recommendations your orthodontist gave you. Retention after orthodontics is extremely important in order to avoid relapse, shifting of the teeth. More than likely you are supposed to wear your retainers initially 24/7 and then will transition to night time use only. As you continue to wear your retainers, your mouth will begin to adjust and you will notice your lisp will begin to fade. If it is still bothersome after several weeks, make a follow up appointment with your orthodontist for an adjustment or possibly a clear set of retainers to wear during those seven hours at school so your are comfortable.