How long are you supposed to wear your retainer after braces?

I wore mine solidly for 4/5 months, then nights for the rest of a year, then more alternate nights for about another 4 months, now I've been wearing them less and less and my teeth just seem to be going back. Does anyone know how long you are actually supposed to wear them for? my orthodontist never really gave... show more I wore mine solidly for 4/5 months, then nights for the rest of a year, then more alternate nights for about another 4 months, now I've been wearing them less and less and my teeth just seem to be going back. Does anyone know how long you are actually supposed to wear them for? my orthodontist never really gave me a straight answer! thanks.
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