A 32-year-old member asked:
my orthodontic plastic retainer seems to be damaged, due to teeth grinding. what should i do?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Medina Dadurian answered
29 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Once damaged, change: Once a clear aligner is damaged it need to be replace. They are not providing the treatment intended anymore.
Answered on Dec 7, 2013
Dr. William Coppola answered
45 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Replace: Mouth guard type clear retainers have a tendency to wear through over time usually due to night time grinding of the teeth. You should have a new one made but depending on which arch (upper or lower) grinds through other types of retainers with wires along with acrylic can be made.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman answered
52 years experience Orthodontics
Talk to Orthodontist: Perhaps a different type of retainer would better suit your stabilization and grinding requirements. Talk to an orthodontic specialist.
Answered on Feb 24, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Repair or replace: The average lifespan of a plastic retainer is about 3 to 5 years. If damaged, plastic retainers require repair or replace by an orthodontist. See your orthodontist. dentist for treatment options.
Answered on Nov 30, 2015
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