4 Signs That Show it's Time to Replace Your Retainer

Braces and Invisalign are both highly effective orthodontic treatments that can help you achieve a beautifully aligned smile that you can enjoy for life. But keep in mind that in order to maintain beautiful results after your treatment, you must wear a retainer to ensure lasting results! Whether you’ve had braces or Invisalign, wearing a retainer for life is a non-negotiable if you wish to maintain your straight smile or else your results won’t last you long! In fact, if you fail to wear a retainer regularly after you have finished your treatment, your teeth can shift out of position again.

In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common signs that it’s time to replace your retainer in order to keep your smile aligned, beautiful, and healthy.

Small cracks on the retainer

Be sure to take a good look at your retainer from time to time and check for any small chips or cracks. If there is any visible damage to your retainer, then it should be replaced. Even if the chips or cracks are extremely small, they can grow over time. When this happens, it causes the retainer to lack the strength it needs to keep your teeth in position.

Loose or uncomfortable retainer

Another sign that it may be time to replace your retainer is if it feels loose or uncomfortable. This means that it no longer fits and it is time for a replacement. Over time, your retainer will lose its shape and wear down. In addition, soaking it in strong mouthwashes or cleaning chemicals can cause it to become weak as well. When your retainer doesn’t fit sufficiently, this means that it won’t hold your teeth in place well enough. In addition to an ill-fitting retainer failing to keep your teeth straight, it can be painful and uncomfortable for the soft tissues of your mouth, as well as your teeth and jaw. If your retainer doesn't fit well, be sure to get a replacement soon.

Calcium buildup on the retainer 

Regardless of how well your dental habits are, it is still possible for calcium buildup to develop on your retainer. Calcium buildup is a white-yellow substance, also known as tartar, which is hardened plaque. If you notice any calcium buildup on your retainer, be sure to speak with your orthodontist about a replacement.

The retainer smells bad

Does your retainer smell like morning breath? If so, this is likely due to a collection of oral bacteria that can build up over night as you sleep. If you fail to practice proper oral hygiene, it can cause your retainer to develop a foul smell. If your retainer smells bad, it’s time for a replacement.

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