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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
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 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
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?
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
Use a telephone: Call your orthodontist for a quick fix. Takes only a few minutes. ...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
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
Convenience: A fixed retainer, made possible by the technology of composite bonding, is a significant convenience to help you keep your teeth straight after braces. Your only added burden is to ensure it is kept clean and free of calcium deposits, also known as tartar, with good oral hygiene, and not to simply break it with hard biting of very hard foods. ...Read more
Plastic: Essix retainers are made from a thermal plastic. Using a model of your teeth, the plastic is heated and drawn down over the model to precisely fit your teeth, then trimmed and polished. Wear them nightly to keep your teeth looking great! ...Read more
Tooth movement: The spring is activated in order to move your tooth (teeth) and if it have become loose then most likely the tooth of interest has moved and you will need it adjusted if more treatment is needed or desired. Now if it is the retainer itself then I would have it evaluated for proper fit by the dentist that made it ...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
Sorry, no: Retainers "retain", they hold things where they are. There are removable active treatment appliances, including invisalign, but they are considerably less effective. Talk to an orthodontic specialist and find out what would work best for your particular problem. Remember, there are no short-cuts. ...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
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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 long as you care. ...Read more
Ask Orthodontist: Generally not a problem. That said check w orthodontist to evaluate your particular circumstances. ...Read more
Depends: Some orthodontist make certain types of retainers in-house so they can get them for you the same day. Others require outside lab services, so they can take 2 to 3 weeks. Call your orthodontist and inquire. ...Read more
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