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A 47-year-old female asked:

Have wire retainer on top&bottom with plastic1given as"backup"years ago.now have slight shift in top front teeth.will plastic retainer move teeth back?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
No: A retainer, if worn as directed, prevents tooth movement. Clear plastic tray retainers are not really adjustable. Your teeth may have to be realigned, with braces, clear aligners, or retainer-like wire/plastic adjustable appliances. Please see an Orthodontic Specialist for best, most effective, least intrusive, most cost effective, solution to your problem.
Dr. Felicia Mata
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
Retainer: If the relapse is merely mild, there's a chance that your retainer will still be effective. See your dentist because it is hard to give any recommendation without seeing the case.

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