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A 32-year-old male asked:

i'm using retainers now. if i tell invisalign to make my contacts tighter with a new pair of retainers and only like bottom tray, do i only use bottom?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Both: It's because if you don't wear one, your teeth will start moving right back to where they were. Ask your orthodontist for mre information.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
No: You'll need to continue using the maxillary (upper) retainer, too.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not your decision: Explain to your treating Dentist or (hopefully) Orthodontic Specialist your problem and let him/her guide your treatment.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Could it be possible to be poisoned by the metal on a permanent retainer after 15 years of wearing it?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Highly unlikely: The metal in your retainer is likely made from stainless steel and so little if any gets bleached/worndown or get absorbed into your body to cause trouble. Many people have joint replacement, steel rods/plates/screws in many area of the body and it is considered inert to your body. So, if you are having some health issues/concern, consult doc for care but i would not blame the retainer. Good luck.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the proper way to clean one's dental retainer?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Retainer cleaning: With tooth paste and water at the same time you clean your teeth or a mild soap and water. The decision depends on the type of material? This should be discussed with your dentist as he knows what material was used. Some appliances have a special cleaning solution that is need. A anti-bacterial soaking solution is important to use. Sometimes they need to soak for a few hours.

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