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What do dental retainers do?

What do dental retainers do?

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 more

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Retainer (Definition)

Retainers are orthodontic appliances designed to minimize changes over time in your nice orthodontic result that you and your orthodontist have worked so hard for. Wear them as ...Read more


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Why do people wear dental retainers?

Why do people wear dental retainers?

Keep teeth straight!: Purpose of retainers is to keep the teeth in the correct positions after braces. Often, the reason for teeth to shift after braces is the poor compliance with consistent wearing of retainers afterwards. ...Read more

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How often should I clean dental retainers?

Daily: Bacteria can buildup daily...When not in use, soak them in a cleanser...There are many types...Retainer brite, polident. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my dental retainers to be hard to remove?

Yes: Retainers should be tight enough to hold the teeth in place but if you are having any pain, you should get it adjusted. ...Read more

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Is it possible for dental retainers to rust?

Is it possible for dental retainers to rust?

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 more

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What causes severe pain with dental retainers?

What causes severe pain with dental retainers?

Fit?: If you don't wear them for a while the teeth will move so they will be sore when you wear them again. The fit should also be checked to make sure the retainers are not pushing too hard on the gums. ...Read more

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How should one clean plastic dental retainers?

How should one  clean plastic dental retainers?

Lots of ways: Brush gently w soft toothbrush (no toothpaste, it's abrasive and can scratch the plastic). Clean w soap & water. Soak in 50% diluted vinegar/water. Soak in denture cleaner as per pkg instructions. And clean the case periodically also. ...Read more

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How much do dental retainers cost in charlotte nc?

Varies: Different areas charge different prices. Expect $200-$400 as a reasonable charge. ...Read more

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Should dental retainers be removed prior to surgery?

Depends: That depends on the type of retainer and the type of surgery to be done. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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Are there any negative effects of acrylic dental retainers?

Are there any negative effects of acrylic dental retainers?

Retainer Allergy: Some retainers are constructed of acrylic to which some patients may have allergic reaction. Ask your orthodontist dentist to order invisalign or Vivera type. ...Read more

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Can mouthwash affect my dental retainers?

Can mouthwash affect my dental retainers?

No: Commercially available dental rinses are safe and will not damage your retainers. But you should always clean your retainers extra-orally (out of your mouth) at least twice a day - when you brush your teeth (morning and night). ...Read more

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Is everyone supposed to wear dental retainers before braces are applied?

Is everyone supposed to wear dental retainers before braces are applied?

Probably Not: Orthodontic retainers help keep the position of your teeth after moving your teeth. If you haven't moved your teeth, then there's no real reason to wear a retainer. ...Read more

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If I have plastic dental retainers can I drink water with sugar-free mio added in it while wearing them? Or only plain water?

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 more

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My orthodontic retainer really hurts my teeth.. Is this normal?

My orthodontic retainer really hurts my teeth.. Is this normal?

No: Retainers don't normally hurt the teeth unless you don't wear it for several days and the teeth move. You need to return to your orthodontist or dentist who made the retainer. They can determine the cause and make adjustments so it doesn't hurt. ...Read more

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After 9 years of not wearing my orthodontic retainer, my teeth are beginning to shift. What are my options?

Braces/invisalign: sounds like you will need treatment all over again. Very sorry, but that's about it. will make you wish you wore it! ...Read more

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Could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

Yes and no: Some types of orthodontic retainers will protect against nighttime grinding, some will not. Ask your dentist or orthodontist for the type that will. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

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 more

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