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can my teeth shift back

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Yes, they can: It would be wise to wear a retainer to protect your beautiful smile and the time and money invested into your good looks.
Dr. Peter Karsant
39 years experience Dentistry
Invisalign: Yes. After orthodontic treatment retainers should be worn 2x/wk at the least. The retainers may feel tight on the teeth however the teeth will move ba ... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Retention: Retention is even more critical with clear aligner treatment than with braces treatment because the aligners are not as capable of properly arranging ... Read More

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
45 years experience Dentistry
Dentist/orthodontist: I would see the dentist/orthodontist whom placed the Invisalign and make sure that the fitted mouthpiece that you have right now is recommended.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
Invisalign: If you have not worn you aligners for a year, your teeth may have shifted or moved and the aligner would not fit well. Have you noticed any changes i ... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Harm: You can actually do more harm that good trying to force your Invisalign retainer back in if teeth have shifted. Please return two the Dentist or spec ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Nelson
16 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
No: More likely no, you need to be evaluated by the dentist/orthodontist that started the case so see if they can make adjustment or need to go another di ... Read More
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: But you will need to see your provider first to evaluate your condition. Improper forces placed on your teeth by ill fitting retainers or aligners can ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
No, Simple Solution: I would recommend to call you dentist/orthodontist and ask them to get you a new tray. Problem solved.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
It varies widely!: Sometimes we see shifting in a matter of weeks or months, while other times it takes years. Every circumstance is different and we can't always predic ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Tooth mobility: Teeth are not like steel poles cemented in concrete. There is a living membrane called the periodontal ligament that connect the bone to the root of t ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Relapse: Failure to wear orthodontic retainers as directed can result in your teeth shifting.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
No, but........: Smoking does not make your teeth shift. However, over time, it might contribute to periodontal (gum) disease which eventually will cause bone loss, lo ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Probably: Over time. Most missing teeth should be replaced. See your dentist for an e-valuation and discussion of treatment options.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Only: The only way to know if your teeth tipped or shifted is to compare them with models made in the past. Teeth will move and adjust to the stresses plac ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. William Harris
33 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Your teeth will move a little in the day without Invisalign. This should be no big issue. Your next set will just be a little tighter than usual. A li ... Read More

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