Like many things in life, retainers will need to be replaced at some point in time. Replacing your retainer is important, as they will inevitably experience wear and tear over a period of time. The good news is that taking good care of your retainer will help its lifespan before you need to consider a replacement. In this blog, we will discuss when it’s time to replace your retainer in order to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for a lifetime.
How often you should replace your retainer is ultimately dependent on the type of retainer you are using, as well as how well you are taking care of it. Unfortunately, there are many things that can lead to needing a retainer replacement, so we strongly recommend that you take proper care of your retainer to avoid frequent replacements. For example, you should avoid putting your retainer in a napkin, as you can mistake it for trash and accidentally throw it away. Another tip is that you should keep your retainer and its case out of reach of pets, and your dog can potentially get ahold of your retainer and you will need a replacement.
To prolong your retainer’s lifespan, be sure to clean it regularly (whenever you brush your teeth), soak your retainer in the proper cleaning solution regularly, and store it in its proper container when you are not wearing it.
Now, let’s discuss some signs that show it’s time to replace your retainer:
Your retainer no longer fits
You may feel that your retainer is loose or perhaps it may be too tight. Generally, retainers will naturally loosen up over time and it is important to make an appointment with your orthodontist if this is the case. When your retainer is too loose, it means that your teeth are no longer receiving the support they need to keep them in place. Without your retainer, your teeth can shift over time, causing an orthodontic relapse and ultimately ruining the smile that you worked so hard to attain.
Your retainer is cracked
Another sign that shows it’s time to replace your retainer are any visible cracks (big or small) that are visible on the retainer. If this is the case, be sure to see your orthodontist for a replacement. These cracks can impact your retainer’s effeti veness and it can also lead to bacteria growth, which can result in cavities, gum disease, and more.
Your retainer has developed calcium buildup
If your retainer has developed calcium buildup, which is a white-yellow substance (tartar), then you should speak with your orthodontist about a replacement. Calcium buildup can lead to oral health complications, such as cavities, gum disease, and more. Ultimately, this will make your retainer ineffective over time, so be sure to make an appointment for a replacement.
Are you in need of a retainer replacement? If so, contact our team for the orthodontic care that you need and deserve. Our highly experienced orthodontists in Woodland Hills and Northridge are ready to help!