Questions and answers

Should retainers feel tight or loose?

Should retainers feel tight or loose?

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.

How do you loosen a tight retainer?

On one side of your mouth (whether you start on the left or right side is up to you), use your fingertip on the inside of your back molar to slowly pull the clear retainer from your molars. Repeat this process on the other side of your mouth.

Is it OK to wear a tight retainer?

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.

Are retainers supposed to be tight when you first get them?

Do retainers hurt? At first, it may feel a bit uncomfortable to wear a retainer because your mouth simply isn’t used to it. After a few days, however, any pressure and discomfort should subside and you should forget that you’re even wearing your retainer.

Can a tight retainer damage teeth?

Wearing a retainer that doesn’t fit correctly is not only annoying and unhelpful, but it can also potentially damage the teeth and nearby tissues because it is placing too much pressure on them.

Is it normal for retainers to feel tight?

It is normal for your retainer to feel tight after six (6 ) years because teeth always shift a bit. If you see spacing or crowding, you should consider wearing the retainer at night again. If the retainer feels very tight, it means that your teeth are moving or have moved a lot.

Can wearing a tight retainer damage your teeth?

Why is my retainer tight every night?

If the night retainers feel too tight, there is a large amount of pressure from the teeth. Should you stop wearing the night retainer at this point, the teeth will start to move again. As a starting point, the night retainers are worn as long as it takes for the teeth to settle in their new position.

Why is my retainer not tight anymore?

The send and most common cause of retainers not fitting is they are not wearing the retainers as instructed by their orthodontist. If your retainers fit when you completed your treatment and if it no longer does, the chances are that you have not wearing them long enough and the teeth have shifted.

What if my retainers break?

If your orthodontist can’t repair your broken retainer, your best option is to get a new retainer made as soon as possible. If you need to set up a payment plan to pay for the process and the new retainer, talk to your orthodontist. This can work if you haven’t had your retainer very long.