Why Does Retainer Hurt?

When a patient returns to our office with a retainer that hurts when they wear it, there are only two possible explanations. Either the retainer has changed, or the teeth have moved. Generally, it is simple to determine which has occurred. In some cases, retainers are damaged, distorted, or “wear out” with daily use.

  1. How do I get my retainer to stop hurting?
  2. How long does it take for retainers to stop hurting?
  3. Why is my retainer so painful?
  4. How long does it take for retainers not to hurt?
  5. Should I keep wearing my retainer if it hurts?
  6. Should I wear my retainer if it hurts?
  7. Why do retainers hurt after not wearing them?
  8. Can wearing a tight retainer damage your teeth?
  9. Should I keep my retainers in if they hurt?
  10. What to do if your retainer is hurting?

How do I get my retainer to stop hurting?

- Wear them as prescribed. The most common cause of retainer pain? ... - Over-the-counter pain medication. Well-fitting retainers generally do not cause a great deal of discomfort. ... - Dental wax or Bonjela gel. ... - Eat soft, cold foods. ... - Saltwater gargle. ... - Cold pack.

How long does it take for retainers to stop hurting?

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. If your retainer is causing you discomfort beyond this, it's best to book a consult with your orthodontist.

Why is my retainer so painful?

When a patient returns to our office with a retainer that hurts when they wear it, there are only two possible explanations. Either the retainer has changed, or the teeth have moved. Generally, it is simple to determine which has occurred. In some cases, retainers are damaged, distorted, or “wear out” with daily use.

Do Retainers Hurt

How long does it take for retainers not to hurt?

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. If your retainer is causing you discomfort beyond this, it's best to book a consult with your orthodontist.

Should I keep wearing my retainer if it hurts?

Any initial discomfort with a new retainer should pass within a day or two of continuous use. If the discomfort isn't easing after a few days of continuous wear, contact your dental professional. This is the type of pain that shouldn't happen. It may be that an adjustment is needed or it could be something unrelated.

Should I wear my retainer if it hurts?

It's normal for a retainer to be uncomfortable, tight, or a bit painful for the first few days of wearing it. Even if the discomfort extends to a full week, it's still usually not a cause for alarm. However, if you experience retainer pain for more than a full week, it's time to call your orthodontist.

Should My Retainer Hurt To Wear?

Why do retainers hurt after not wearing them?

One possible reason for tightness with an aligner or retainer is tooth movement. Not wearing your retainer or aligner allows your teeth to move out of position and may cause it to feel even tighter when you try to wear it again.

Can wearing a tight retainer damage your teeth?

In most cases, a tight retainer won't damage your teeth or gums. You may experience some discomfort during your first few days of retainer treatment. However, your discomfort will likely go away after a few days. If things don't improve, or your pain worsens, you should talk to your orthodontist about your concerns.

5 Things You Must Know About Retainers

Should I keep my retainers in if they hurt?

As long as your retainer doesn't hurt and still fits over your teeth, you can wear it even if it feels tight. This probably means that your teeth have shifted. In this case, you should wear your retainer longer each day to prevent your teeth from moving further.

What to do if your retainer is hurting?

If you are experiencing discomfort due to your retainer or aligner always contact your dentist first. If the pain is minor, over the counter pain relivers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help. Always consult your dentist before taking any medication.

Wearing My Retainer For The First Time... In A Year *Painful*