Why do my teeth hurt after not wearing my retainer?
A retainer that doesn’t fit, or is snug and uncomfortable, after not being worn for a while means your teeth have shifted. The longer you go without wearing your retainer, the more likely it is that your bone tissue has grown to support the new position of your teeth.
Is it bad to wear your retainer if it hurts?
If discomfort does not go away after regular wear of the retainer, it is best to contact your dental professional. If the pain you are feeling doesn’t feel like “tightness” or pressure, it could be that there is a piece of metal or plastic in the retainer irritating the gums or cheeks.
How long does it take for retainers to stop hurting?
How long does a retainer hurt for? It’s natural for your retainer to hurt for at least the first day after being fitted, as your mouth adjusts to the novel sensation. Discomfort typically only lasts for four to five days – a week at most.
Can I drink water with my retainer in?
Your retainer should be intact and well-fitting to hold your teeth in position. Avoid fizzy drinks, sports drinks and flavored water, including diet varieties, fruit juices and diluting juice whilst wearing your retainers. Still plain cold water is ok to drink with retainers in.
Is it normal for retainers to hurt at first?
When you wear a retainer for any reason, certain teeth may feel pressure and might even feel sore for the first few days. If you experience this, don’t worry — it’s completely normal. Retainers can help many mouth problems besides shifting teeth. Sometimes they’re used to help a medical problem.
Can I use my old retainer to straighten my teeth?
Does wearing an old retainer to straighten teeth work? As it turns out, yes, it can. Retainers don’t just keep your teeth in place, after all. Because they are custom made, they can also help improve any minor oral issues you might find years after having your braces removed.