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Your retainer is a very important part of your orthodontic treatment. Even though your braces have been removed, your retainer is doing the vital job of keeping your teeth and jaw ligaments in place as they settle into their new positions.

With a fixed retainer, you may not know that it is damaged until you notice that your teeth are starting to drift out of alignment. If you notice that your teeth are moving, first, have someone check your retainer to see if there is visible damage. If it is damaged, it will have to be repaired or replaced by your orthodontist, In the meantime, you can buy a mouthguard to wear while you sleep to help keep your teeth from moving, and avoid foods that might damage your retainer or help to push your teeth out of alignment, You should contact Dr. Amy Richter for an appointment to have your retainer repaired or replaced.

If you wear a removable retainer, you should be able to inspect it for damage, and contact your orthodontist for an appointment. Here too, you may want to wear a nightguard and avoid hard or sticky foods.

To keep your retainer in good shape, you should practice proper oral hygiene, and see your dentist and your orthodontist for regular exams. During the time that you wear your retainer, make sure that you do not eat hard or sticky meals or snacks, chew on ice or other objects, or open packages with your teeth. You should also wear a mouthguard when playing sports or engaging in vigorous recreation.

If you have questions about your retainer, please contact Amy Richter Orthodontics in Buffalo, New York, at 716-239-4815. We’re happy to help you with all of your orthodontic needs.