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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

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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 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 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. Would my dentist be able to make a new retainer to fix it?

My bottom teeth have moved a little. 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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How can my fixed retainer affect me?

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

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Will wearing a year old retainer work?

Retainer: Is this a case of you not wearing your retainer for a year and now you see teeth moving? If so probably not unless there was very slight movement. The retainer may be able to be adjusted to work. ...Read more

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My retainers hurt putting it on and off?

Retainer pain: They probably need to be adjusted. It depends on whether you have an all plastic retainer or one madeof wire and plastic. A little trimming/adjusting will make a big difference. ...Read more

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What is essix retainer material made of?

What is essix retainer material made of?

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

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Can you smoke with a spring retainer in?

Smoking: Smoking is unhealthy at anytime and I would suggest that you speak your dentist and he would probably tell you that it's not a good idea ...Read more

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Can I fix retainer that won't fit properly?

You probably can't: See your orthodontist. It is likely that your teeth have moved due to inconsistent retainer wear, unless you have stepped on your retainer. ...Read more

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What to do if I didn't get a bottom retainer?

What to do if I didn't get a bottom retainer?

Re treatment : I'm assuming your lower front teeth crowded or recrowded. Unfortunately it's too late for retainers. Check out Aligners at your local orthodontist. ...Read more

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Why is my spring retainer loose after 3 days?

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

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What are the effects if using a fake retainer?

Drug store dental: Retainer? If that's what you mean, the best thing to do is visit your dentist to make sure what you are using is not harmful and may be helpful. I know medical/dental costs are high and you may have found a bargain but just check it out first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Will start to gag when I first get my retainer?

Maybe: But even if you do, your body will soon get used to the feeling of having the retainer and those gagging sensations will go away.

Put your new retainer in and make sure to take lots of deep, slow breaths and tell yourself it is ok. Your brain can help you with this. ...Read more

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I didn't get a bottom retainer, is this normal?

Ask Orthodontist: Ask your orthodontic specialist. Everyone's different. Often patients will be provided with removable upper retainer and fixed lower retainer, or both upper and lower removable retainers. ...Read more

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How often should I clean my retainers per week?

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

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Can you tell me how long to go without retainer?

Retainer wear: Not very long. A max of a few days to 2 weeks. If not too long and teeh move slightly then wear the retainers as much as possible to pust teeth back to place. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could my retainer fix a messed up bite?

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

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I have a nonremovable retainer, how can I clean it?

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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What is the definition or description of: retainer?

An orthodontic appli: 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

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I was wondering is it okay to overwear my retainer?

Ask Orthodontist: Generally not a problem. That said check w orthodontist to evaluate your particular circumstances. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to get new retainers?

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