A 50-year-old member asked:
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Can a retainer fix shifted teeth?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience in Dentistry
Retainer: To retain, is to keep in place. A retainer is fabricated to keep orthodontically aligned teeth from relapsing. If the teeth shifted ever so slightly due to a day or two of non-compliance, then yes, it can move the teeth back. If you are asking about an active appliance moving teeth orthodontically, then yes, an appliance can be fabricated to do just that. But a retainer cannot undo major relapse.
Answered on Jul 27, 2018

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