Recognizing Damage to a Fixed Retainer
Wear and tear, hard foods, or a mouth injury can cause your teeth to detach from a permanent retainer or the wires to break. You might not even be aware of an issue until your teeth begin to move out of their correct position.
We realize it can be difficult for you to tell if your fixed retainer is damaged, so it's essential to get regular dental checkups. You might also regularly schedule orthodontist checkups – at least for the first year you wear a retainer. By finding the problem sooner rather than later, you may minimize the effects of a broken retainer.
You might want to make an orthodontist appointment asap if you:
- Suffer a mouth injury
- Bite down on something unexpectantly hard
- Feel something is wrong with your retainer – or your bite
Better safe than sorry, eh?