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is it ok to wear old retainer

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yale Kanter
60 years experience Ophthalmology
Retainer: Yes, if it does not fit adequately.
Dr. Gary Chapman
34 years experience Orthodontics
Not at all: I have patients who have had their initial retainers for up to 20 years. Consistent wear will maintain the teeth in desired positions and the retaine ... Read More
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A 15-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Beck
19 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Get a new one shaped for your current configuration or have the old one adjusted.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: I assume you are referring to a dental appliance. Do not force it on. Return to your dentist first.
A female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience General Surgery
Most likely no: most likely you need another visit to the ortho for another fit and another retainer the shape of your teeth has changed
Dr. Stephen Pyle
38 years experience Dentistry
Yes: If you can still get it to seat, then wear it. If left unused for too long the teeth are likely to shift and you will not be able to wear it.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
See yr orthodontist: When the retainer can no longer be passive to fit, that usually indicates you are ready to see your orthodontist for evaluation and determine if you n ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Yes: I don't see why not.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
40 years experience Orthodontics
Retainer: Is this a case of you not wearing your retainer for a year and now you see teeth moving? If so probably not unless there was very slight movement. The ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Both are problem: Wearing a "messed up" retainer can push teeth out of alignment. Wearing no retainer can allow teeth to shift and drift. Go back to your orthodontic ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gayle Valeros
23 years experience Family Medicine
Minimal changes: if you do not have your top retainer for a few weeks but if you do not replace it for a long time, the teeth may shift back to their original position ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
40 years experience Orthodontics
Fixed retainers: The built in retainer can stay in for years if you do a good job of cleaning around it. Get your dentist to check it out at your next visit.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Chapman
34 years experience Orthodontics
Regularly: In our office, we use clear retainers that require nightly wear only. We have our patients wear them every night for the first year after braces remo ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
40 years experience Orthodontics
Enamel wear: I have never seen that happen and I have been in practice almost 30 years(assuming you are not chewing on the metal trying to destroy your teeth).
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