What do you do when your retainer does not fit properly anymore?

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Wearing a retainer is a big part of having orthodontic work done. Now that you’re done with your braces (hooray!) it’s up to you to keep your teeth in place. But what if your retainer doesn’t fit properly anymore? Keep reading for some helpful tips!

The first step after noticing your retainer doesn’t fit is to figure out why. Most times, it is caused by teeth shifting. If you go too long without wearing the retainer, your teeth will start to move back to their pre-orthodontics positions, which can cause the retainer to fit too tightly or not at all. However, if you wear your retainer as directed and it suddenly doesn’t fit, the retainer itself may be warped or damaged. Visit your orthodontist for help in determining what’s wrong.

Book an Appointment with your Orthodontist

At your appointment with your orthodontist, he or she will determine the cause of your ill-fitting retainer and come up with next steps for you. If the retainer is damaged, they will either fix the one you have or make a new one for you. If your teeth have shifted, your doctor will create a new retainer for you based on your current teeth positions that will keep them as straight as possible. However, if your teeth have shifted too much, you may have to get braces put on again.

Wear your retainer as directed by your Orthodontist

In order to keep your smile looking beautiful, remember to always wear your retainer as directed. Just because your friend gets to wear theirs only at night does not mean that will work for you. Follow the orthodontist’s instructions and all the time you spent wearing your orthodontics will be worth it!

If you’re having trouble with your retainer fitting properly, make an appointment with Dr. Foley in London Ontario. He and his staff are the perfect mix of friendly and professional and will help you with any orthodontics needs.

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