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Best Way To Clean Clear Retainers
Possibly: It depends on the amount of crowding that has returned and how well the retainers fit. If you can get them in and wear them 24/7 for a while then you might improve their positioning. ...Read more
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From this app I learnt that teeth will shift through out the years. If I get one of those clear retainers would that help them from not moving?
If worn regularly: Retainers only work to maintain teeth in their existing position if worn conscientiously on a daily basis. The more one skips days or stops wearing them, the more the teeth tend to drift over time. Some arches are more stabile than others. ...Read more
Yes: Clear retainers work successfully with all sizes of teeth. ...Read more
Retainers or teeth?: If your Invisalign trays or retainers have turned grey, it may be from your retainer cleaning technique. See your Orthodontist. If the teeth are discolored, see your Dentist. There may or not be an OTC solution depending on the cause, but you will have to be seen to be evaluated. ...Read more
They should. ...: Retainers are designed to hold teeth in place. Any pressure will move teeth and any looseness will allow movement, thus a well made retainer should be passive. If you have a loose or tight retainer, see your dentist or orthodontist to evaluate it. There is a real danger in trying to wear a "tweaked" retainer. A distorted retainer can lead to an expensive re treatment of the whole case. ...Read more
Of course: If unsafe they would have been banned by the fda. Acrylic has been used in dentistry for over a century. There are an infinitesimally small group of people allergic to acrylic, but less than are allergic to strawberries or chocolate. Don't worry. Chance of allergy less than chance of being struck by lightning. ...Read more
Tongue ring: Tongue rings are one of those things that make little sense to me, why stick a spike thru your tongue with some artful little ball attached that almost no one will ever see and can cause many dental problems from broken teeth to fractured restorations to infection, not to mention numbness and possible extensive bleeding upon placement. Would not recommend doing it. ...Read more
Toothbrush: When you take retainers out to brush your teeth, gently brush retainers, top and bottom, metal and plastic. ...Read more
Soap & water: And they are not that fragile but I would not use toothpaste as it can discolor. ...Read more
Cleaning retainers: The best way to clean your orthodontic retainer is with a cleanser designated specifically for that purpose. There are several "over-the-counter" products available, including "retainer-brite" and efferdent cleanser. Another option is simply to brush your retainer with warm water using a toothbrush. On occasion, an antibacterial hand soap is useful, but be sure to wash it well afterwards! ...Read more
My dr. Recommended a clear invisalign retainer but for my lifestyle (I am a flight attendant and can't easilly remove my retainers for eating)I feel a permanent retainer would be best. Can I make the switch? The only time I take them out is to brush and t
Unknown: Your dentist felt that the Vivera retainers were best for your specific treatment, but you feel otherwise. You'll have to discuss your desires with them. If it is agreed that a fixed lingual wire will work equally as well for your post treatment retention, then I'm sure it can be placed for a nominal fee. ...Read more
My clear plastic mouth retainers haven't been washed in 3 days, I opened the container to find bits of green and yellow bacteria. How do I clean them?
Gross: First pet retainers and case into 1 part liquid bleach, 3 parts water, for 1 hour. Carefully rinse thoroughly with water. Then cover with room temperature water and drop in a Poldent or Efferdent tablet. Let soak for 20 minutes. Rinse and put into your mouth. Then gently brush 2x/day w toothbrush, and 1x/day use a denture cleaner tablet, and be sure to wear EXACTLY as directed. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Floss Threader: I would recommend that you use a floss threader or floss with a stiff plastic end (e.g. Super floss) to allow you to floss between your teeth. You insert it from the facial and thread under the wire to clean around it. This should be done daily. There are electric "flossers" available that are stiff, and actuated by a motor. See your general denitist every six months for professional cleaning. ...Read more
Every day: Clean them when you take them off in the morning after sleeping in them. I also recommend a weekly soak in 50/50 white vinegar and water to loosen up the tarter accumulations so your tooth brush can remove this stubborn tarter. ...Read more
Retainer: Both have their pluses and minuses. A metal fixed retainer that is bonded into place works better for compliance because you can't remove it. It is however difficult to keep clean. Plastic or resin retainers can break and get lost but area easier to clean. It's really your choice....for the sake of retaining the teeth in place post orthodontic treatment, both work equally well ...Read more
Very cold might: It would take a combination of cold and something like stepping on them to crack them. I see you live in south carolina, it will not get cold enough there to be a problem. Be sure to wear them as instructed by your orthodontist. ...Read more
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