My removable retainer feels sharp or rough

A new or recently adjusted removable retainer will sometimes feel rough. It will take a few days to get use to this as the lips, cheeks and tongue become accustomed to the retainer . The retainer should not be sharp. If it is excessively sharp, you can use an emery board or nail file to smooth the sharp area. If you are unsure, you should contact the practice. You should take care to only remove the sharp or rough part and not damage any other part of the retainer.

Rinsing with warm salt water (a teaspoon of spoon of salt dissolved in a cup of warm water) for 60 seconds 3 to 5 times a day may help alleviate any discomfort to your mouth.

Orthodontic wax can sometimes be used on a removable retainer to reduce any discomfort. A small pea-sized amount of the wax is rolled between your thumb and index finger until it is soft. It can then be placed on the offending part of the retainer. If you do not have any orthodontic wax, use some of the waxy coating of a Babybel cheese.

If you feel the retainer is excessively rough or sharp, contact the practice for an earlier appointment.