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Why have my teeth moved even though I always wear my retainer?

Why have my teeth moved even though I always wear my retainer?

Retention: Instability may be due to severity of the original malocclusion, partial instead of full retainer compliance, poor oral hygiene caused damage to supporting tissues, and expansion of teeth and alveolar bone beyond basal bone support. Assuming Rx provided by qualified Orthodontic Specialist return for evaluation/adjustment ASAP. Delay makes it worse. If treated by a GP, see an Orthodontist. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I had a brace about 5 years ago and all of my top teeth moved because I didn't wear the retainer long enough. what are my options?

I had a brace about 5 years ago and all of my top teeth moved because I didn't wear the retainer long enough. what are my options?

Options: Crooked teeth, redo Orthodontic treatment, or caps/veneers. Best choice would be retreat and re-retain. See a specialist Orthodontist to discuss treatment parameters. ...Read more

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I had a brace 5 years ago and my teeth moved because I didn't the retainer long enough. If I had another brace how long would I wear it for?

I had a brace 5 years ago and my teeth moved because I didn't the retainer long enough. If I had another brace how long would I wear it for?

Depends on need: Depends on severity of the problem. Sometimes side and back teeth drift forward as from teeth relapse, making re-correction more complex and/or less stable. You will have to see an Orthodontic Specialist for advice. you can't be diagnosed over the computer. Don't wait...the longer you delay the harder the fix. ...Read more

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If one of my bottom front teeth moved forward after wearing braces and retainers, is there a way to correct only that tooth? And if the root of that tooth is already short, is there a way to correct the tooth without making its root shorter?

If one of my bottom front teeth moved forward after wearing braces and retainers, is there a way to correct only that tooth? And if the root of that tooth is already short, is there a way to correct the tooth without making its root shorter?

Complex Questions: If only that one tooth shifted (highly unlikely) then only that one tooth will be repositioned. Moving teeth with light, continuous forces should not damage or cause the root of that tooth to resorb. Your local orthodontist can further explain. ...Read more

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I had braces taking off and now teeth have moved back. I wore retainer day and night constantly. Is there a reason they moved back . thanks ?

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I had braces taking off and now teeth have moved back. I wore retainer day and  night constantly.  Is there a reason they moved back . thanks ?

Physiologic drift: Not uncommon. Natural physiologic drift can occur because the width of our smiles getting narrower as we get older. See your orthodontist for consultation and future options. ...Read more

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Have wire retainer on top&bottom with plastic1given as"backup"years ago.Now have slight shift in top front teeth.Will plastic retainer move teeth back?

Retainer: If the relapse is merely mild, there's a chance that your retainer will still be effective. See your dentist because it is hard to give any recommendation without seeing the case. ...Read more

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Bonded retainer glue& wire on front tooth moved up, so tooth is slightly pushed out now. Will bringing glue &wire back down stop from moving any more?

Bonded retainer glue& wire on front tooth moved up, so tooth is slightly pushed out now. Will bringing glue &wire back down stop from moving any more?

Orthodontist: Please see a local orthodontist regarding your options to align that one tooth and then retain it in the new position. Conversely, you have have the wire rebonded and keep the tooth where it is. ...Read more

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My top permanent retainer is loose in the middle it moves now my tooth next to my front tooth is moving forward & upward how can I get it straightened?

Don't wait: The longer you wait, the harder it will be to straighten the wandering tooth. Return to Orthodontist who placed the "permanent" (as you see, "permanent" is not a precise term) retainer, or seek immediate care with another specialist Orthodontist. Treatment choices depend on nature and severity of the malocclusion. ...Read more

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I haven't worn my dental mouthguard for a year, but now it hurts my teeth. Have my teeth moved?

I haven't worn my dental mouthguard for a year, but now it hurts my teeth. Have my teeth moved?

Most likely yes: Do not wear this appliance.. it will cause more harm than do good. You'll need to make an appointment with your orthodontist... either the appliance can be adjusted to fit properly, or you'll need a new one. ...Read more

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What to do if not worn my dental mouthguard for a year but now it hurts my teeth. have my teeth moved?

What to do if not worn my dental mouthguard for a year but now it hurts my teeth. have my teeth moved?

Mouthguard: Yes, teeth can move slightly over time and even slight differences in tooth position can result in a mouthguard or other dental appliance not fitting. See a dentist to have your situation evaluated. ...Read more

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Can retainers be tightened to move teeth back?

Can retainers be tightened to move teeth back?

Oops: If teeth have shifted you're only seeing the tip of the iceberg. If change is minor retainer adjustment may help, but not entirely fix, the problem. Get to orthodontic specialist asap before problem gets worse. If problem severe enough, re-treatment may be necessary, and new result not as optimal as previous result. Don't wait, call now. ...Read more

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Would my teeth move if i stop wearing my retainer?

Yes, likely: they may not, but definitely a risk I would not take, especially if it has been less than 10 years since your braces came off. ...Read more

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Would my teeth move after not wearing my retainer for a week?

Would my teeth move after not wearing my retainer for a week?

YES: Teeth will in fact move w/o wearing your retainer. How much they move is not predicable. Each person will have different degrees of tooth movement. However, when you put your retainer back into your mouth, you will notice how tight it is. That is how much your teeth have moved. If you can't get the retainer back in, they have moved alot. ...Read more

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I left my retainers at school, will my teeth move if i don't wear it for a night?

I left my retainers at school, will my teeth move if i don't wear it for a night?

Possibly.: Some people's teeth shift very rapidly. Some people can feel tightness when they put in their retainer every night because their teeth have already shifted. That being said, if you only miss one night, most likely you should be fine. Just try not to miss too many nights in a row because if is quite possible that if you forget to wear it long enough, your retainer may not fit anymore. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my teeth have moved even though I always wear my retainer?

Call orthodontist: Your orthodontist should determine if your retainer fits correctly. Once your teeth shift even a little bit, even though you might be wearing the retainer, it's not fitting correctly and therefore is not holding your teeth in place. ...Read more

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I lost my retainer, and I wont get a new one until a week and a half from now. Will my teeth shift in that amount of time?

Maybe: I have seen teeth shift in as little as three days. It all depends on how long you have had your retainer. The longer you have had it the less your teeth will shift. If you just got your braces off, your teeth will shift more. Why is it taking that long to get your new retainer? ...Read more

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I hve small rough spots on my retainer.they have been there for a few months but I am just now wondering if they will cause damage to my teeth?

I hve small rough spots on my retainer.they have been there for a few months but I am just now wondering if they will cause damage to my teeth?

Not likely: Essix retainers are intended to be used for a limited period of time. Sometimes, especially with prolonged use, they become rough and may cause irritation to the gingival tissue if they are not properly trimmed. Consult with your dentist to see if they can make it more comfortable. ...Read more

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I have not worn my retainer in about three years. I've noticed recently that my upper teeth have moved a lot. Should i wear my retainer again even though it's been so long?

I have not worn my retainer in about three years. I've noticed recently that my upper teeth have moved a lot. Should i wear my retainer again even though it's been so long?

Maybe: The odds are the retainer no longer fits properly and wearing it might make the situation somewhat worse. It's best to make an appointment with your orthodontic specialist for an examination and advice. ...Read more

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Could your teeth still move in retainers?

Should not: Retainers are passive they hold your teeth together usually if you don't place teeth shift. ...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