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Tips to Help You Remember to Wear Your Orthodontic Retainer

Mouth with retainerIt’s common to forget to wear your orthodontic retainer every now and then. Missing a night or two occasionally isn’t likely to cause too many problems, but if you forget to wear your dental retainer too often, your teeth could shift back into the improper position. This may require you to undergo orthodontic treatment again and we know that isn’t something anyone wants to do!

Helping Yourself Remember Your Dental Retainer

We know that, until you get into the habit of it, it can be difficult to remember to wear your dental retainer to bed. Below are a few tips on how you can be better about reminding yourself to put your retainer in before bed:

  • Set a Reminder – There are no shortage of apps that can help you set reminders for yourself. In addition to reminders on your cell phone, you can also set up email reminders if you find them to be more helpful.
  • Location – Make sure to put your retainer in the same place every morning when you take it out. This will provide you with a visual reminder before bed and prevent you from having to hunt down your retainer when you’re already tired and ready for bed.
  • Ask for Help – Whether you ask a parent, sibling, roommate, or spouse, we’re sure you can find someone who would be happy to remind you to put in your retainer before you go to bed.
  • Use a Note – Lastly, use post-it notes to leave a reminder for yourself. Either on the mirror or on your nightstand or anywhere else you’re likely to see it before bed.

If you’re concerned about your teeth shifting back into their improper position or if your retainer feels tight or uncomfortable, please contact your orthodontist.

For information about endodontics or to make an appointment here at Endodontic Specialists of Colorado, please contact one of our three locations in Colorado Springs North, Colorado Springs South, and Pueblo, Colorado.

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