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Edges of my retainer are a bit sharp. Can I file them?

Edges of my retainer are a bit sharp. Can I file them?

I wouldn't: See the dentist/orthodontist or whoever treated you with it to do the filing or whatever manipulation needed. ...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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Is it possible for my retainer to make my tooth loose...? To the point that they fall out. Right now they're just a little bit loose, nothing outragou

Is it possible for my retainer to make my tooth loose...? To the point that they fall out. Right now they're just a little bit loose, nothing outragou

Yes and no: Are referring to a "retainer" (which is really a removable appliance) that is actually used to move teeth: slightly loose? yes, that's how teeth are moved. To the point of falling out? no, unless there is some other serious problem as severe periodontal disease. Real retainers just keep teeth fixed in place after Orthodontic treatment! can cause slight soreness if not worn all the time or adj need ...Read more

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My bottom teeth have moved a little bit. Would my dentist be able to make a new retainer to fix it?

Possibly yes: If the movement is minimal and your dentist offers this service, he/she can make you a new retainer (aligner) to correct the problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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One of my teeth has shifted back a bit after I got my braces off, which is about 2 weeks ago. Will wearing my retainer that still fits move it back?

One of my teeth has shifted back a bit after I got my braces off, which is about 2 weeks ago. Will wearing my retainer that still fits move it back?

See yr orthodontist: A retainer helps to make your teeth stable in their new positions. In the first month after the braces are removed, the risk of relapse is very high. See your orthodontist for evaluation and retainer adjustment if needed. ...Read more

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How can I file my retainers?

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!: Don't do it. Retainers are custom made and finely honed. If you have a problem with your retainer, call your orthodontist immediately for an adjustment appointment. Take advantage of his/her 10+ years of training. The orthodontist knows what to do and the most efficient way to do it. If you try to do this yourself you can do irreparable damage to the retainer, your occlusion, or both. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Retainer pain help?

See Orthodontist NOW: Assuming no damage to retainers, missing time in retainers can allow teeth to shift. If retainers damaged can cause teeth to shift. Not wearing retainers can allow further destabilization. Before things get worse see your orthodontic specialist for evaluation, retainer adjustment, or whatever may be necessary. ...Read more

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When can I take off my retainer?

Retainer is forever: You wear retainer more hours (16-20) right after orthodontic treatment was completed, and then over time start wearing it less. Make sure it fits every time you put it on. ...Read more

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