How tight should a retainer feel?
As long as your retainer doesn't hurt and still fits over your teeth, you can wear it – even if it feels tight. Your teeth may have slightly shifted, and you may need to wear your retainer longer each day to prevent your teeth from moving.
If your retainer is properly fitted, it will feel slightly snug at first and progressively relax up to alleviate any discomfort. If it does not fit comfortably, schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to get assistance. Retainers should be worn only if they fit comfortably.
For foods like ice and hard candies, the consensus is to not bite down on them. It's OK to leave them in your mouth to dissolve, but do not attempt to chew them. Any type of food that could become lodged in between your teeth and the retainer or break your retainer should be avoided.
You will find that your retainers will feel loose after a few weeks. This is expected and desirable. We just don't want them so loose that they fall out of your mouth when talking. Do not flip your retainers up and down.
One of the biggest signs you need a new retainer is when it starts feeling loose. Over time, the plastic in retainers becomes fatigued and stretches. When this happens, it will begin to feel loose and no longer snug against your teeth.
The appliance should seat down fully around the teeth and the labial bow (modified with or without an acrylic facing) should fit snugly against the teeth without any obvious air gaps between the wire and the teeth or between the acrylic facing (if used) and teeth.
To test if your retainer still fits, you can place it gently in your mouth and see if it slips into place. If your retainer fits correctly, it will feel somewhat snug and gradually loosen up to eliminate any discomfort. If it doesn't fit easily, make an appointment with your orthodontist to ask for help.
It is not a good idea to pop the retainer in and out with your tongue (called “clicking”). Remove the upper retainer by pulling it down with your fingers in the molar area. Remove the lower retainer by pulling up on the metal loops by the cuspids. Keep retainers clean by brushing them with your toothbrush and water.
Both the retainers provide almost equal effectiveness in improving your teeth straightening process. Both metal and plastic retainers are made using the patient's teeth impression.
Never pull on the center of the wire. You should always be sure that your retainers are seated completely. Do not allow them to “flop” around. Don't leave your retainers in a hot car or put in hot water (such as a boiling them or putting them into the dishwasher.)
Is it normal for teeth to wiggle with retainers?
Yes, while the loose tooth or wiggly tooth sensation you may experience after braces seems a bit unnerving, don't be alarmed! Teeth wiggling after braces is actually quite normal.
The Clear Retainer
Also like clear aligners, these retainers aren't made to last forever. If they become loose, warped, or cracked, they should be replaced. With care, they can last from six months to several years.
Ultimately, your retainers are made to keep your teeth in place, not to move them, but they may be able to slightly shift your teeth back in the right circumstances. If it has been too long and your old retainer no longer fits snugly, you should contact your dentist in order to come up with a solution.
A retainer that is too loose won't damage the teeth like forcing in a tight retainer can. However, the retainer won't be able to exert the force needed to work correctly, which could result in your teeth shifting. In these cases, your retainer will need to be adjusted or replaced.
To make a long answer short, no. Because retainers in Glenpool aren't made to apply steady force over time in order to change the position of your teeth, they are not an ideal solution to realign them. However, they may be able to help by making minor adjustments to the position or your teeth and your bite.
It's natural for your retainer to hurt for at least the first day after being fitted, as your mouth adjusts to the novel sensation. Discomfort typically only lasts for four to five days – a week at most. If your retainer is causing you discomfort beyond this, it's best to book a consult with your orthodontist.
If your retainer starts feeling loose, that's a strong sign that it's time to replace it. This doesn't mean there is an issue with your teeth. Retainers wear down overtime and grow wider. This is why they can feel loose eventually, even if you have been good about wearing it.
When you forget to wear your retainers for one night or a few nights in a row, you may find that they are a little tight when you first put them in. This is ok as long as they begin to feel right again after a few hours. The teeth can often shift back into place when they are only slightly shifted.
The question is, how long do you need to wear it? Here's the short answer: As long as you want your teeth to remain straight, you should be wearing your retainers. It is recommended you wear your retainer at least 12 hours out of every day for the first eight weeks following the completion of your treatment.
Ideally, retainers start showing results within 3-4 months, and you can see a slight difference in your smile.
How long does it take for teeth to shift back?
It doesn't matter if you've had work done five weeks ago or 10 years ago, your teeth will shift back and they can begin shifting back within as little as three days depending on your genetics and how severe the work of your teeth straightening was. Our best advice is to always keep a backup retainer on hand.
How Long Will It Take for My Teeth to Shift? As mentioned, your teeth will shift slightly throughout your life. However, if you have had a tooth or teeth extraction, the surrounding teeth may shift to fill the space. There is no time length when this will occur, as it could happen over a matter of months or years.
Not Wearing a Retainer Can Make Your Teeth Hurt
Failing to wear your retainer can have some unintended side effects that are not very pleasant. If your retainers feel tight every night, it could be due to shifting and slight movements of the teeth during the day when they're retainer-free.