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Retainers are essential for maintaining your orthodontic results, but what should you do if your retainer feels tight?

Dr Amesha Maree

Retainers snug but Not Painful? Keep Wearing It

If your retainer still fits snugly without causing discomfort, continue wearing it. Slight tightness might indicate minor tooth movement, and wearing the retainer longer each day can help prevent further shifting.

Tip: Try wearing your retainer full-time for a few days to encourage your teeth to move back into their correct positions.

When to Contact Your Orthodontist

If your retainer remains uncomfortable after a few days, it’s time to contact your ASO certified orthodontist. They can assess the situation and recommend the next steps to ensure your teeth stay properly aligned.

What If the Retainer Doesn’t Fit at All or Causes Pain?

Don’t force it. Forcing a retainer that doesn’t fit can cause damage. Instead, contact your ASO certified orthodontist for an evaluation. They may suggest:

  • Making a New Retainer: If your current retainer is too tight, a new one might be needed.
  • Clear Aligners: If necessary, clear aligners can help tweak a tooth or teeth back into the proper position.

Maintaining Your Smile

Wearing your retainer as advised by your orthodontist is crucial for maintaining the results of your orthodontic treatment. If you experience any issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to your ASO orthodontist for professional guidance.

Remember, a well-fitting retainer is key to keeping your smile straight and beautiful!

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