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My orthodontic plastic retainer seems to be damaged, due to teeth grinding. What should I do?

My orthodontic plastic retainer seems to be damaged, due to teeth grinding. What should I do?

Repair or replace: The average lifespan of a plastic retainer is about 3 to 5 years. If damaged, plastic retainers require repair or replace by an orthodontist. See your orthodontist. Dentist for treatment options. ...Read more

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Orthodontics (Definition)

An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...Read more


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My clear plastic retainer is on verge of breaking and I won't be seeing my orthodontist in one week. Anything I can do?

My clear plastic retainer is on verge of breaking and I won't be seeing my orthodontist in one week. Anything I can do?

Yes, you can: Occasionally, a piece of clear plastic will chip or break. As long as the retainer is still wearable, you can
continue to wear it until your orthodontist can check it for you. If there is a sharp edge, you can use a nail file to smooth it off. See your orthodontist ASAP. ...Read more

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Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?

Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?

NTI not a retainer: An nti appliance is normally used in patients with symptoms of tmd, and by virtue of it preventing back tooth contact, can shut down facial muscle activity that is causing pain in many instances. It is not a long term appliance as it can lead to uncontrolled back tooth eruption that can create other problems. Ask your dental professional for clarification of its purpose in your case. ...Read more

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What exactly makes accelerated orthodontics "accelerated"? I've done a bit of reading on accelerated orthodontics, but from what I can tell much of it involves tooth extractions and some sort of surgical procedure. Is there some way in which the actual br

What exactly makes accelerated orthodontics "accelerated"? I've done a bit of reading on accelerated orthodontics, but from what I can tell much of it involves tooth extractions and some sort of surgical procedure. Is there some way in which the actual br

Tooth bone surgery: A radical and more expensive method but effective to shorten the initial stage of orthodontic treatment. This can reduce treatment time by a few months to perhaps one year. The protocol does not facilitate bite correction which can take much time, although exceptional, some bite correction can be done with initial stage of treatment. Insist risks are thoroughly explained for concent. ...Read more

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Does invisalign work better for teeth that are already a little bit loose? I have some front teeth that are a bit loose. And since I know that with orthodontics treatment the teeth will be moved around anyway, I was wondering if maybe this would make me a

Does invisalign work better for teeth that are already a little bit loose? I have some front teeth that are a bit loose. And since I know that with orthodontics treatment the teeth will be moved around anyway, I was wondering if maybe this would make me a

Maybe: But if teeth are lose already I would be concerned about any orthodontic treatment. I would visit an orthodontist, have them take a panoramic x-ray so they can see your root structure, and let them advise you if treatment makes sense. ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have TMJ and the plastic jig is not working anymore, what is the next step to fix my bad bite?

Needing expert help. I have TMJ and the plastic jig is not working anymore, what is the next step to fix my bad bite?

Diagnosis first: "tmj" or "tmj dysfunction" itself is not a diagnosis that would help you. It is important why you are having troubles in tmj. Data collection about what is happening in your mouth, head, neck, and even overall health should be investigated, as many things can cause TMJ problems. Next, why you are experiencing the problems, which is the diagnosis, is to be found. Only then, you'll see what helps. ...Read more

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Hi, just checking how dangerous can it be if myself + 3 people might have eaten a bit of melted plastic with our meal?

Hi, just checking how dangerous can it be if myself + 3 people might have eaten a bit of melted plastic with our meal?

Probably ok: The plastic will not break down and it will pass through your intestine into your feces and that will be the end of it. ...Read more

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Burnt a plastic cup I'm the kitchen for about about 10 seconds on accident. How bad could the smell be for me. No smoke just melted a tad bit?

Burnt a plastic cup I'm the kitchen for about about 10 seconds on accident. How bad could the smell be for me. No smoke just melted a tad bit?

Burning plastic does: Release toxic fumes but you would need a significant exposure for there to be any short or long term damage. If your breathing is ok and you have no discomfort, u r ok. ...Read more

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I might have accidentally eaten plastic on hotdogs. I ate around 4 pieces the size of a marble maybe a bit bigger. Should I be worried?

Well: Generally not recommended to eat the plastic around hotdogs. If it is not sharp usually this will pass without harm. For diagnosis and treatment see a primary care doctor ...Read more

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Hi, my sister cooked food for us suddenly I saw the plastic had a bite of a rat and I think it was contaminated please help thanks?

Hi, my sister cooked food for us suddenly I saw the plastic had a bite of a rat and I think it was contaminated please help thanks?

Unlikely: The plastic obviously surrounded some food but it seems as if the rat did not get to the food. Most rats in this country do not carry disease and if they do, it usually requires a direct bite to your body from the rat. The cooking provides an additional level of protection. So you are most certainly fine and only need to seek help if you get sick after several days. ...Read more

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While eating with a plastic fork, I accidently bit off one of the sharp ends and swallowed it. Very small. Only like 3mm but it's sharp. Is this ok?

While eating with a plastic fork, I accidently bit off one of the sharp ends and swallowed it. Very small. Only like 3mm but it's sharp. Is this ok?

Concerns: Unlikely to perforate gut.
Unlikely to digest, but should pass through.
Unlikely to show on x-ray.
Let your doctor know, and be prepared to go to hospital, with abdominal pain.
Eat fiber cereals, bulk to help pass along with adequate daily water. ...Read more

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18w preg. & cooked pasta earlier, put pasta in plastic strainer & then back in the pot, strainer melted quite a bit, still ate pasta, did I hurt baby?

18w preg. & cooked pasta earlier, put pasta in plastic strainer & then back in the pot, strainer melted quite a bit, still ate pasta, did I hurt baby?

No: We live in a toxic world, so eating a meal out of a heat-deformed plastic container (such as microwaving a container of food) does not add a noticeable amount of toxins to the amount of toxins we experience on a normal daily basis. That being said, still try to avoid getting extra toxins. ...Read more

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Ok so my 13 year old brother was shooting around a plastic "Aquafina" cap and it just so happens that it landed on a hot lightbulb he inhaled it a bit?

Ok so my 13 year old brother was shooting around a plastic "Aquafina" cap and it just so happens that it landed on a hot lightbulb he inhaled it a bit?

Not the world's: Healthiest fumes to be inhaling, but as long as the exposure was brief and he's not coughing, he should be fine. Move both of yourselves to fresh air until the odor has completely dissipated. Seek medical help if he has any difficulty breathing whatsoever. ...Read more

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2 yo bit off a piece of plastic shopping bag and swallowed it. Should I be concerned?

2 yo bit off a piece of plastic shopping bag and swallowed it. Should I be concerned?

I wouldn't: Kids swallow all sorts of debris at various times and if it makes it into the stomach, it will pass without problems. ...Read more

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I am affraid that with the heat my plastic container for the microwave melted and I have eaten a little bit of plastic...Possible harm and consequence

I am affraid that with the heat my plastic container for the microwave melted and I have eaten a little bit of plastic...Possible harm and consequence

Do not worry: You will not suffer any damage or harm from what you described.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
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My two year old took a bit of a cheese stick through the wrapper. She swallowed the plastic wrapping. Do I need to worry about it being poisinous?

My two year old took a bit of a cheese stick through the wrapper. She swallowed the plastic wrapping. Do I need to worry about it being poisinous?

Mgt: A small amount that did not cause respiratory problems should not be a problem. Observe her breathing and if any problems occur, please see the ED. ...Read more

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