Did you just get out of a tooth extraction surgery and wondering, “Can I wear my retainer after wisdom teeth removal”?” The answer is yes, you can! But hold on to that thought for at least 24 hours or until you are ready to put that appliance in your mouth.

Are You Allowed To Wear Your Retainer Post Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

After wisdom teeth removal, you can wear your retainer as it is safe to use after 24 hours or whenever it feels comfortable. However, you must be vigilant and religiously follow the specific post-operative instructions to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.

Right after you get out of the procedure room, start with prioritizing pain management and recovery. Discomfort, swelling, and some level of pain are expected and quite normal during the first few days after tooth removal. That is why we urge you to take a rest and give yourself some time to start wearing your retainer again. This period will help your mouth heal properly and won’t cause excessive pressure to the already swollen gums.

If wearing your retainer causes pain, contact your oral care expert for guidance. Always make sure to jot down signs of post-surgery complications, such as swallowing or breathing issues, persistent numbness or complete loss of feeling, blood or pus oozing out, or swelling that worsens over a few days.

Will Your Old Retainer Fit After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Generally, yes, your retainers will still fit after wisdom teeth removal. Usually, braces or Invisalign treatment finishes before wisdom teeth erupt; therefore, more often than not, the retainers are made to fit pre-wisdom teeth smiles.

However, if you had your wisdom teeth removed at the time of wearing retainers, you may need minor adjustments. But you cannot rule out the fact that one may need a completely new one to fit once your wisdom teeth are gone.

Giving your mouth time after wisdom teeth removal before wearing retainers allows it to properly heal and reduces the risk of post procedure complications. However, you must not let loose and take care of your oral hygiene and clean retainers thoroughly every day.

Why Can You Not Stop Wearing Retainers?

Wearing your retainer even after wisdom teeth removal surgery is necessary to maintain the corrected alignment of your teeth. Without them, they are at risk of shifting back to their original positions. Retainers provide stability in the corrected bite and help gums, bones, and muscles surrounding the teeth to adapt to the changes made in tooth positioning.

Retainers work by applying slight and gradual pressure on the crooked teeth and jaw. This additional force pushes them to move into the desired position. They keep teeth from shifting back to their original positions and exude stability in the corrected bite.

These retainers after braces are crucial for the following reasons:

  1. Stabilize Your Bite: Your bone tissues are soft and fragile after braces are taken off, and they need time to adapt to the changes made in the positioning. Retainers help in fast tracking the change in alignment and stabilizing your bite.
  2. Maintain Space for Wisdom Teeth or Other New Teeth: Retainers are perfect to maintain the necessary space in your jaw for accommodation of new teeth like wisdom teeth.
  3. Prevent Reversal: Your teeth have the tendency to move back to their old position in the months after you take off braces and do not follow it by retainers.
    Types to Choose From

Two popular types include:

  1. Permanent Fixed Lingual Retainers: This type has a wire fixed to the back of your teeth and is well-suited for those with rotated, crowded, or spaced teeth. Fixed retainers, just like their name suggests, are permanent and cannot be removed. However, they do need meticulous cleaning to prevent plaque buildup and future dental problems.
  2. Removable Hawley Wire Retainers: They are quite popular among the masses and are made of bendable wire and plastic. The wire stretches across the front teeth, while the plastic part sits comfortably in your mouth. Hawley retainers are easily adjusted by your orthodontist for better results. Their various styles and colors make them a fan favorite along with that, it’s easy to clean as well.

How Long Do You Have to Wear a Retainer?

The need of getting wisdom teeth removal does not bar you from wearing your retainers. You need to use your retainer frequently, especially in the months after finishing orthodontic treatment to lock in your results. However, there are still chances for your teeth to shift even years later.

So, how long do you have to wear a retainer? Well, it is needed for life. Still, there is a silver lining. If you properly wear them, there will be a point where you only need to wear them a few nights per week. If that is the case for you, there will be a little more wiggle room. Otherwise, if you skip wearing your retainer for too long after wisdom tooth removal, your teeth will shift, and your retainer will not fit.

Closing Note

In a nutshell, you can wear your retainer after the removal of wisdom teeth after 24 hours or when you feel a bit better. Adhere to the post-op instructions, and you are good to go! If you have more questions regarding the wisdom teeth extraction we offer, get in touch with Dr. Amjad Sheikh at Trinity Dental Centers, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field. He and his team are just a call away to guide you through all your dental needs. Dial (281) 724-4510 to connect with us.

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