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What causes the tongue to hit the retainers and cause pain?

I Don t know if I am contacting an Orthodontist, but here s the question: I have completed 4.5 years of braces and am now wearing full time retainers. They were glued to the teeth by the Orthodonist (the centre 6 teeth on top and bottom). My tongue is continuously hitting on the top area retainers and it hurts all the time. I have complained to him about this problem and he insists that this is the best way to keep all the teeth together without them moving around an creating a gap. I have seen other people wear these neat wires from tooth to tooth and they don t even feel them in their mouth. I need help to find out if the work performed by him is good or , I will require to remove these retainers as I feel I will wake up with half my tongue one morning. Thanks. Antonia Arcilesi
Mon, 7 Jul 2014
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Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 's  Response
Thanks for your query, I have gone through your query.
The discomfort over the tongue secondary to the retainers could be because of the rough surfaces or sharp edges over the retainers.
Consult a orthodontist and get the rough surfaces smoothened or covered with composite.
If you are not at all comfortable with fixed retainer then go for removable retainers.
i hope my answer will help you, take care.
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Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Sowbhagya's  Response
Hello thanks for consulting at hcm..

I understand your agony,, since constant hitting of tongue to retainers could be very painful,,
The solution for this problem can be--as follows:
The permanent retainers-wire could be covered with composites or if any rough edges are present,, request your dentist to round off the rough edges..

Also try keeping the tongue in palate position when you u close your mouth,,that way you could avoid tongue hitting on retainer wire..

Keep your oral hygiene good.. brush twice daily,,
Hope it helps,,take care..
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What causes the tongue to hit the retainers and cause pain?

Thanks for your query, I have gone through your query. The discomfort over the tongue secondary to the retainers could be because of the rough surfaces or sharp edges over the retainers. Consult a orthodontist and get the rough surfaces smoothened or covered with composite. If you are not at all comfortable with fixed retainer then go for removable retainers. i hope my answer will help you, take care.