Question: Why Is My Retainer Tight Every Night?

Can a tight retainer damage teeth?

Wearing a noticeably ill-fitting retainer can cause damage to the surface of the teeth, so be sure and contact us about being fitted for a new one if you can no longer wear yours comfortably..

Is it bad to put in a tight retainer?

Theoretically using an existing retainer may be able to move the teeth back into alignment. However, it has to fit accurately (perfectly), forcing it to fit may cause damage to your teeth or restorations on your teeth, not to mention the possibility of getting it stuck or causing pain to your teeth.

Why is my retainer tight?

If the retainer feels very tight, it means that your teeth are moving or have moved a lot. If it feels a bit tight, this is normal after 6 years. Retainers are like “money in the bank”. More is better.

Is it bad to wear your retainer every night?

Your orthodontist will let you know when to start wearing your retainer only at night. But even then, you will have to wear the retainer every night for at least 12-months straight. After that period, you may reduce wear to every other night. This is a routine you’ll have to follow probably indefinitely.

How tight are retainers supposed to be?

A permanent, or bonded, retainer, is glued to the back of the teeth to ensure the teeth cannot relapse. You may notice that in the first couple of days you wear your retainer, it feels slightly tight and may be a bit uncomfortable. But don’t worry, your mouth will get used to it in no time.

What happens if I force my retainers on?

Your teeth may have already started to shift back towards their original positions, and if you try to force your retainer in, you could hurt yourself. Your retainer should fit easily, so if you have to force it back on your teeth, it likely isn’t a good fit anymore.