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Edges of my retainer are a bit sharp Can I file them

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
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
Orthodontics 54 years experience
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
Orthodontics 29 years experience
See orthodontist: They can trim your plastic (AKA essix) retainer to be more comfortable.

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
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
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Possibly: Depends upon how much movement and if there is room to move them back. Often the teeth around and opposite these also move. Unless there is extra room... Read More
Dr. Hasan Othman
20 years experience
Possibly yes: If the movement is minimal and your dentist offers this service, he/she can make you a new retainer (aligner) to correct the problem. Good luck.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Your issues should be addressed to your treating dentist/orthodontist. Not much we can do on this free forum.
Dr. Toshi Hart
Dentistry 30 years experience
Your tooth should tighten when you get your retainer. Each tooth sits in a socket attached to ligaments that will stretch and change position within b... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Tooth should have stabilized by now. Treating General Dentist or specialist Orthodontist is responsible for your post-treatment stability. You have re... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
Dentistry 49 years experience
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
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See orthodonist: Use dental wax to help until you can see our orthodontist or dentist.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 36 years experience
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Essex: Names after the company that markets the plastic. Plastic is thermoformed over model of your teeth. Prevents destabilization of Orthodontic result. Ea... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 62 years experience
Smoking: smoking is unhealthy at anytime and I would suggest that you speak your dentist and he would probably tell you that it's not a good idea
A female asked:
Dr. Justin Nelson
Pediatric Dentistry 17 years experience
Tooth movement: The spring is activated in order to move your tooth (teeth) and if it have become loose then most likely the tooth of interest has moved and you will ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Drug store dental: retainer? If that's what you mean, the best thing to do is visit your dentist to make sure what you are using is not harmful and may be helpful. I k... Read More