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Will retainer shift teeth back

A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Relapse: Failure to wear orthodontic retainers as directed can result in your teeth shifting.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Possibly: There will be shifting. Cannot predict how much.

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
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
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
How sad: To waste all that time, effort, and money. Before it gets worse go back to your orthodontist. A specialist can tell how much relapse has occurred an... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
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 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Smith
Dentistry 40 years experience
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
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 female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Maybe..: Check with your orthodontist to see if the retainer can be adjusted or needs to be remade.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Smith
Dentistry 40 years experience
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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kong
Dentistry 18 years experience
Yes.: Use a 'floss threader' to floss between the teeth with the bonded metal retainer.

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