Congratulations on completing your orthodontic treatment! Now that your braces or aligners are off, it’s time to transition into the retention phase of your treatment. Wearing a retainer is a crucial part of maintaining your new smile and keeping your teeth in their correct positions. However, adjusting to wearing a retainer can be a challenge. Here are some tips for dealing with discomfort and adjusting to wearing your retainers.

Consistency Is Keyretainers

Consistency is key when it comes to wearing your retainer. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions and wear your retainer as directed, even if it feels uncomfortable at first. Wearing your retainer consistently will help you adjust more quickly and prevent any relapse of your teeth.

Practice Proper Care

Proper care of your retainer is important to maintain its cleanliness and effectiveness. Clean your retainer regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Keep your retainer in a clean, dry retainer case when you’re not wearing it. Avoid exposing it to high temperatures, as this can warp the retainer material.

Don’t Push Through The Pain

You don’t need to just push through or ignore significant discomfort! If you are experiencing serious discomfort, pain or sores, talk to Dr. Herrington. She will make sure your retainer hasn’t been damaged or warped to ensure that your retainer is fitting properly. She will also provide personalized advice and guidance on how to make the adjustment period more comfortable 

With these tips, you can adjust to wearing your retainer and maintain your beautiful new smile. Congratulations on completing your orthodontic treatment, and welcome to the retention phase! This phase lasts a lifetime and is vital to ensuring your smile stays straight and healthy forever.