1. Recent Orthodontic Work
Braces, Invisalign, and other types of orthodontics move your teeth by reshaping the bone around the teeth. The new bone around the teeth may not be completely solidified after your braces come off, and you might notice a small amount of looseness.
This isn’t a cause for concern–it’s normal. It’s what your retainer is for. Your retainer’s purpose is to hold your teeth in place as the bone around them hardens and can hold them in place more firmly. That’s why you should wear your retainer most of the time after you first get your braces off.
If you wonder, “Why do my teeth hurt when I wear my retainer?” it’s likely because you have gone an extended period without wearing it, and your teeth have shifted. A retainer can damage teeth if it’s too tight. If your teeth feel loose and your retainer is too tight, please visit us for assistance.
Mention your concern when you make your regular checkups at our Wichita Falls dental office. We’ll let you know if something else is happening and if any additional treatment is necessary.