Retainer Issues

The risks of orthodontics usually are confined to demineralization of teeth and of increased risk of tooth decay. However, when a trauma occurs to the mouth, if you have orthodontics in the mouth, you may be in some serious trouble. This does not mean that wearing orthodontics is more risky, it just means that you should be more careful to not get into situations that are likely to cause a trauma to the mouth. This means that you may need to stay away from sports and physical activity where you can injure your mouth. Retainers are located in a very sensitive area, and are fairly large, with lots of wires in them, and as such, they pose the same risks as orthodontic appliances of any other nature. There are frequently neglected as they are covered in plastic, and you forget that you are wearing them, but beware, retainers can cause a lot of damage. Here are the cases when calling the dentist is necessary regarding your retainers:


Retainers are most frequently given after your teeth have undergone orthodontic treatment, with the idea that this will keep them in place and help them to not move. If the retainer has moved away from its original position, you are now in trouble; they are not keeping your teeth in their original position anymore. What’s more, they may be pushing or pulling on teeth in ways and at angles that they should not be doing, so they are effectively ruining your teeth, or at the very least reversing what you paid so much for with orthodontics. If your retainer has moved or shifted from its original position, call your orthodontist immediately, and have them put the device back where it is supposed to be as soon as possible. 


But if the device has merely shifted, than you can count yourself among the lucky ones. Very often, trauma to the mouth will cause the retainer to not just move but to cause damage. The roof of the mouth can get really messed up, from just scratches and a tiny bit of bleeding all the way to having your palate be basically defleshed and totally messed up. The teeth can also be chipped, broken or even completely removed by accident. The device can get some wires free, especially if it breaks in the mouth, and these wires can stab through your gums, tongue, cheek, and even the palate, and can cause stab wounds in the mouth. Your salivary glands can also become quite hurt. If you have any trauma to the mouth, call the dentist, even if you do not feel that anything is wrong. The lack of pain may imply nerve damage, as loss of feeling can imply that nerves are simply not getting the information to the right place, because they are damaged. So make sure you call the dentist, regardless of what you feel. If you have a retainer and have seen some bleeding, or have had a trauma, the dentist needs to see that everything is okay, and that all of your teeth are okay, and that your device is functioning properly.