If you have undergone orthodontic treatment, it is very likely that you were given a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile. Sometimes, patients find that their retainer no longer fits. There are a number of reasons why this may happen. If you recently discovered that your retainer no longer fits your teeth, it’s time for action. Learn why this happens and what you can do to have your retainer corrected with the Parkcrest Dental Group.
How do my teeth move when I have braces?
If you had braces, you’re well aware of how your teeth can shift over time. In the same way your teeth slowly drifted into their desired place with braces, they can shift back out of place if you fail to follow your orthodontist’s instructions.
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How do my retainers become unwearable?
If you can no longer fit your retainer on your teeth, it is generally due to one of two reasons. First, retainers can be damaged. If a clear plastic container is cleaned with water that is too hot, it can cause the heat-sensitive plastic to lose its shape. These types of retainers should only be cleaned with lukewarm water so they can retain their shape.
The second cause of retainers no longer fitting — and the most common — is failure to wear your retainer regularly. This is especially true if you have recently had your braces removed. Your teeth won’t be used to their new location yet, and the retainer is crucial to keep them in place while your teeth stabilize.
If your teeth have only minimally shifted and you can still get the retainer on, consider wearing your retainer full-time to see if your teeth move back to the correct position. If your teeth don’t realign, or you can’t get the retainer on at all — it’s crucial that you visit your orthodontist. The longer you put off having your retainer corrected, the further your teeth will shift. You may even end up needing to undergo another round of braces!
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Who can I talk to about issues with my retainer?
Dr. Harrison at Parkcrest Dental Group is happy to help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve. Whether you need assistance with your retainer, or you are ready to get braces for the first time — Parkcrest Dental Group is here to help. Call our team at 417-887-1220 to schedule an appointment today.