A 47-year-old female asked:
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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
52 years experience Orthodontics
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.
Answered on Mar 2, 2016
Dr. Felicia Mata
24 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
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.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017

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