Is your retainer, which used to fit securely in your mouth, starting to wobble, feel loose, or just don’t fit properly? If this is the case, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Most Retainers Don’t Require Tightening
Most retainers last for many years without requiring tightening. Occasionally, the retainer’s shape may need to be changed to accommodate the shifting of your teeth or because of wear and tear from wearing, but this is more of a repositioning of the retainer and not a tightening.
Types of Orthodontic Retainers
There are several types of retainers that you can wear after completing your treatment. Some of these retainers have more of a “fixed” shape and can’t be repositioned or reshaped while others can.
The following are some examples of the most common types of orthodontic retainers and whether they can be reshaped or repositioned:
Clear plastic retainers – These types of orthodontic retainers cannot be repositioned or reshaped. If your retainer is worn down or your teeth shift, you will need a completely new retainer.
Fixed retainer –These retainers cannot be tightened. If your teeth shift, the complete wire needs to be removed, and a new one will need to be glued back.
Wrap around retainers –Due to the increased amount of wire, this type of retainer can be tightened. However, if your teeth shift too much, you may need a brand new retainer.
When you receive your retainer, your orthodontist will give you a list of instructions. Following the instructions will not only help your teeth retain their new position, but it will limit you from going to the dental office to tighten your retainer or get a completely new one.