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Is it a bad idea to wear a two year old retainer?

Is it a bad idea to wear a two year old retainer?

Not at all: I have patients who have had their initial retainers for up to 20 years. Consistent wear will maintain the teeth in desired positions and the retainer will continue to fit properly. If you have not been diligent, you may need an new active retainer to slightly realign your teeth. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Can I still wear my four year old retainer? I have gotten my wisdom teeth removed and have to lightly push to get it to fit in again...

Can I still wear my four year old retainer? I have gotten my wisdom teeth removed and have to lightly push to get it to fit in again...

See yr orthodontist: When the retainer can no longer be passive to fit, that usually indicates you are ready to see your orthodontist for evaluation and determine if you need a new one. ...Read more

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Is it ok to wear a retainer while sick?

Yes!!!: Skipping out on retainer wear will cause you more issues with your teeth later. Lack of consistent retainer wear will allow your teeth to drift away from their ideal positions. You will experience a tight (hurt) sensation with your retainers. Take advil (ibuprofen) and wear them until they fit like an old favorite pair of shoes. ...Read more

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Is it ok to wear retainers if you have bruxism?

Is it ok to wear retainers if you have bruxism?

Bruxism: Yes. Unfortnately regular retainers won't protect the teeth from the detremental effects of the grinding. Most patients that have spent $$ on their teeth would like to preserve them for many years. Retainer + bite guard or combo device like oral appliance may be more useful. Talk with orthodontist or sleep dentist. ...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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Would it be best to wear a messed up retainer or no retainer?

Both are problem: Wearing a "messed up" retainer can push teeth out of alignment. Wearing no retainer can allow teeth to shift and drift. Go back to your orthodontic specialist for remake of retainer before the solution becomes redoing your orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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I lost my top retainer out of country. if i don't wear it for 8 days but wear my bottom one, what will happen?

Minimal changes: if you do not have your top retainer for a few weeks but if you do not replace it for a long time, the teeth may shift back to their original positions, reversing the straightening it had already achieved. See your dentist/orthodontist as soon as you can to get another retainer fitted/replaced. ...Read more

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I haven't worn my retainer for a few years and still have my built in retainer what should I do? Can i wear it again?

Fixed retainers: The built in retainer can stay in for years if you do a good job of cleaning around it. Get your dentist to check it out at your next visit. ...Read more

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I was just wondering when am i supposed to wear my retainers?

Regularly: In our office, we use clear retainers that require nightly wear only. We have our patients wear them every night for the first year after braces removal. They then start to skip a night the second year and will slow down to every other night for as long as they care about their straight teeth. When you stop, your teeth will begin to shift little by little, as you age, like everything else. ...Read more