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Preventing Problems with Your Orthodontic Retainer

January 17, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Igor Kaplansky
Orthodontics Lockport NY | Dr. Kaplansky

After people complete orthodontics, they are given a retainer to wear to help protect the work that has been done to their teeth and jaw. It’s important to wear the retainer as instructed.

The best way to avoid problems with your retainer is to prevent them in the first place. This can usually be done if the retainer is worn as instructed, appointments with your orthodontist are kept as scheduled, and your orthodontist is kept in the loop if a problem does develop.

Here are some tips for dealing with retainer problems for orthodontic patients in Lockport.

Follow Instructions from Your Orthodontist

Once orthodontic treatment is completed, there is a tendency for teeth to drift back to their original position. Wearing your retainer helps prevent this kind of movement. If you don’t wear your retainer as recommended and your teeth begin to shift, you will be able to tell once you put the retainer back in that it doesn’t fit as well.

If you lose or break your retainer, be sure to call your orthodontist immediately so you can get a replacement.

Keep Appointments with Your Orthodontist

If your retainer isn’t fitting as well and teeth have begun to move, it’s best to have your orthodontist address this as soon as possible. Even subtle changes can lead to major problems. If you don’t address this problem early on, it could even mean wearing braces again to make sure the position of your teeth is corrected.

Call Your Orthodontist if You Notice Signs of Trouble

If your retainer has become ill-fitting or uncomfortable, this could be a sign of a more serious problem. It’s important to notify your orthodontist to make sure problems don’t escalate.

Don’t risk having your teeth shift back into their uncorrected position just because of a problematic retainer. Retainers will help keep your teeth from moving, ensuring your orthodontic work lasts a lifetime.

Call your Lockport orthodontist, Dr. Igor Kaplanksy, at the first sign of retainer trouble.


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