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will retainer shift teeth back

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience in Orthodontics
Oops: If teeth have shifted you're only seeing the tip of the iceberg. If change is minor retainer adjustment may help, but not entirely fix, the problem. ... Read More

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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience in Dentistry
Probably not: A retainer is not an active appliance.. It is designed to hold teeth in place, not move them. If the teeth have shifted just a bit, and the retainer i ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience in Dentistry
Phone call: Retainer probably no longer fits. You need to discuss your options with your orthodontist.. Try to align the teeth again, or new retainer to keep them ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
39 years experience in Dentistry
With luck: Depending on how your teeth have shifted, this may be possible. If the space required for proper alignment is not still available, however, it is much ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Smith
39 years experience in Dentistry
Yes: After orthodontic treatment it takes time for the supporting bone to mature and reposition. During this time the teeth will tend to revert back to t ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience in Orthodontics
Sort of: Retainers are not full control appliances like braces. When retainers not worn teeth shift, drift, tip, torque, rotate. Retainers retain, they don ' ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience in Dentistry
Maybe..: Check with your orthodontist to see if the retainer can be adjusted or needs to be remade.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Smith
39 years experience in Dentistry
Partially: After orthodontic treatment it takes time for the supporting bone to mature and reposition. During this time the teeth will tend to revert back to t ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kong
Dr. John Kong answered
17 years experience in Dentistry
Yes.: Use a 'floss threader' to floss between the teeth with the bonded metal retainer.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience in Dentistry
See orthodontist : Your teeth should not be loose at your age. See your orthodontist asap about this. The orthodontist knows you and your teeth and will be the best o ... Read More
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