In order to reduce your risk for these unfavorable side effects of poor oral hygiene in the area of the wire dental retainer, brush after every meal and floss every day. See your dentist for a professional examination and cleaning every 3-6 months, or as recommended by your dental health care provider.
Other less-common risks include shifting teeth or traumatic ulceration of the tongue or gum tissues if the wire dental retainer breaks. In order to reduce your risk of breakage, avoid chewing hard, sticky foods like ice or taffy. These foods can increase your risk of breaking the wire dental retainer and your teeth, gums or supporting structures could become injured, in addition to shifting of your teeth.
See your dentist regularly to have the wire dental retainer monitored, repaired or adjusted as needed, as long as the appliance is in place.