A 17-year-old female asked:
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i only have an essix retainer.. so can i get a hawley retainer and then have my dentist/ortho adjust the wire so my tooth goes back into its place? or can my essix retainer be tightened? i wouldnt think so because of its plastic nature. i had braces and i

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Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
No Essix: Your Essix cannot be used for othodontic tooth movement. If you have tooth movement, your Essix would have to be remade. Or your dentist might be able to attach a tooth to the Hawley.
Answered on May 2, 2015
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Retainers: Essex retainers are not adjustable as to tooth movement. Hawley retainers are minimally adjustable. If it looks like 1 tooth has moved, many have moved. Correction may require retreatment and then a new retention sequence. Please see a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist.
Answered on Jul 19, 2016

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