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Minimize change: Retainers help to maintain straight teeth once orthodontic treatment is done. As we age, our bodies change, so do our teeth with out any reminder. Perfect, straight teeth are like a new car. Looks great when new and if maintained. Retainers are the maintenance pieces to your beautiful smile. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Have never seen it: Reputable orthodontic laboratories use chrome-cobalt stainless steel wires, which do not rust or corrode. When retainers not worn (and go looking for reasons to put them in, not excuses to take them out), put them into plain water or denture cleaner. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
If I have plastic dental retainers can I drink water with sugar-free mio added in it while wearing them? Or only plain water?
Retainers: Nothing you would normally put in your mouth that is otherwise safe to you should effect your plastic retainers. Obviously, depending upon the type of retainer, some caution regarding avoiding eating hard foods that might break the appliance is warranted. Rinse after eating or drinking! the dentist who made you the retainers should go over any specific precautions with you. If not, call and ask. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
After 9 years of not wearing my orthodontic retainer, my teeth are beginning to shift. What are my options?
Please tell me, could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?
Depends on the type: A traditional hawley retainer (acrylic and wires) normally will not work as a 'bite guard'. However, a full occlussal coverage bit guard (gelb) can work as a retainer. Speak to your orthodontist to get one that will work to protect against grinding and serve as a retentative appliance. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers