How To Make Your Retainer Fit Again At Home
Wearing a retainer is an important step in maintaining a beautiful smile after braces. However after a few months or years your retainer may not fit anymore due to natural teeth shift. Luckily there are ways to make your retainer fit again at home without having to spend money on a new one.
1. Clean Your Retainer
Before trying to adjust your retainer it is important to make sure it is clean. Rinse it with warm water use a soft-bristled brush to remove any buildup or debris. You can also soak it in a denture cleaning solution to disinfect it.
2. Warm Up the Retainer
To make your retainer more pliable heat it up by placing it in warm water for a few minutes. This will make it easier to adjust when you put it back in your mouth.
3. Gently Bend the Retainer
Put the retainer back in your mouth gently bend it to fit your teeth. Use your fingers to push the retainer onto each tooth adjust it accordingly. Be careful not to bend it too much as it may break or lose its shape.
4. Bite Down on Your Retainer
Bite down on your retainer to make sure it fits properly. If there are any areas that feel too tight or too loose adjust them accordingly using your fingers.
5. Repeat the Process
If you still find that your retainer does not fit properly you can repeat the process until it fits comfortably. However if you have tried these steps your retainer still does not fit it may be time to see your orthodontist for a new one.
Making your retainer fit again at home is possible with a few simple steps. Remember to clean your retainer warm it up gently adjust it bite down for a proper fit repeat the process until it fits comfortably. If you need further assistance be sure to consult with your orthodontist for proper guidance.
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