Quick Answer: Is It OK To Wear A Tight Retainer?

Can you force your retainer to fit again?

Theoretically using an existing retainer may be able to move the teeth back into alignment.

However, it has to fit accurately (perfectly), forcing it to fit may cause damage to your teeth or restorations on your teeth, not to mention the possibility of getting it stuck or causing pain to your teeth..

Should I wear my retainer if it hurts?

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 I wear my retainer after not wearing it for months?

You shouldn’t start wearing the retainer after a long time, your teeth have already started to shift toward their original positions, it’s called a relapse. … However, if your teeth have only moved slightly, then you may find you can still fit it into place and that it will move them back to where they were.

Why does my retainer smell like poop?

Even if you don’t notice calcium deposits on your retainer, you may notice that it has taken on an odor over time. People often ask orthodontists why their retainer smells like poop, or chlorine, or even sperm. The cause of the bad odor is the accumulation of plaque over time.

Why does my clear retainer feel loose?

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.

Do you really have to wear a retainer forever?

The general rule of thumb is that you should wear your retainer for a little longer than you wore your braces for. For instance, if you had your braces on for a year then you’ll want to wear your retainer as often as possible for a little over a year before considering a reduction.

Can my old retainer re straighten my teeth?

Does wearing an old retainer to straighten teeth work? As it turns out, yes, it can. Retainers don’t just keep your teeth in place, after all. Because they are custom made, they can also help improve any minor oral issues you might find years after having your braces removed.

Can I wear my retainer after 4 years?

Often people ask us how long they need to wear their retainer after having orthodontic treatment. There are many factors that may influence how long someone needs to wear their retainer, but the best recommendation we can give you is to wear your retainers for as long as you want for your teeth to stay straight!

Will my teeth shift without retainer for 2 days?

Retainers are designed to keep your teeth in place, choosing to not wear it for a long period of time will cause some issues. It’s fine to miss a day or two because your teeth won’t move much during that time. If you go without it much longer than that, then your teeth will start to shift again.

How tight should a retainer be?

Your retainer should feel a bit tight at first; this is normal. If your retainer doesn’t seem to loosen up or fit more comfortably with time, this may indicate that your retainer does not fit properly.

Can a tight retainer damage teeth?

Wearing a noticeably ill-fitting retainer can cause damage to the surface of the teeth, so be sure and contact us about being fitted for a new one if you can no longer wear yours comfortably.

When can I stop wearing my retainer?

After 12 months of continuous retainer wear, we often recommend that you to continue to wear your retainers at night 3-5 times a week for life. The reason we recommend this cycle of wear is due to the slow shifting of teeth forward and inward as we get older.

Why is my retainer tight every night?

If the night retainers feel too tight, there is a large amount of pressure from the teeth. … As a starting point, the night retainers are worn as long as it takes for the teeth to settle in their new position. In many cases, the teeth will always try to move to some degree.

Do retainers give you a lisp?

Wearing your retainer will help prevent your teeth from becoming crowded or crooked again. You may notice a slight lisp in your speech for the first few days, until you learn to talk with the retainers in. Your mouth may also be slightly sore for a few days; over-the-counter pain relievers can help.