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edges of my retainer are a bit sharp can i file them

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
I wouldn't: See the dentist/orthodontist or whoever treated you with it to do the filing or whatever manipulation needed.
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Dr. Gary Chapman
34 years experience Orthodontics
Use an emery board: Use of an emery board (finger nail file) will accomplish removal of a sharp spot and not do any damage to the retainer. This assumes you can determin ... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
Try: A finger nail file on the offending area of the retainer and remember less is more so take your time filing.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Best: The best thing to do is to return to your provider for an adjustment, and the sooner the better. Second best is to try to smooth, gently, a little bi ... Read More
Dr. Hilary Baskin
27 years experience Orthodontics
See orthodontist: They can trim your plastic (AKA essix) retainer to be more comfortable.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Yes and no: Are referring to a "retainer" (which is really a removable appliance) that is actually used to move teeth: slightly loose? yes, that's ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Devin
46 years experience Dentistry
Retainers loosening: Yes anything in your mouth can loosen your teeth. Yes and in extreme measure even loosen teeth to fall out. Have your DDS or orthodontist check you re ... Read More
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Retainer: Retainers should retain, not loosen, your teeth. If retainer is being worn exactly as prescribed and you have any mobility, the retainer or you bite ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
49 years experience Dentistry
Maybe: Movement of lower front teeth is the most common form of relapse after orthodontic treatment. This problem is usually prevented by wearing a retainer ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
47 years experience Dentistry
Please don't: Your orthodontist provided the retainer. The dr.Knows what to do and should be doing it.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
See orthodonist: Use dental wax to help until you can see our orthodontist or dentist.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Puzzling: You should be able to look at a retainer you put in every night & know if part broke off. You would also know the size & shape of the piece. I ... Read More
A 15-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
White vinegar: In your case, soaking the retainer in undiluted white vinegar for 1 hour will remove the green and yellow build up. Heavier build up will require a l ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Chapman
34 years experience Orthodontics
Advil (ibuprofen): Sounds like you have not been wearing your retainer as much as you should. Mash it on, take advil (ibuprofen) and let time help. Your teeth will ret ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Inna Gellerman
21 years experience Dentistry
Retainer is forever: You wear retainer more hours (16-20) right after orthodontic treatment was completed, and then over time start wearing it less. Make sure it fits ever ... Read More
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