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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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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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I wear retainers at night after trays. is it normal for the bottom front row teeth to have 70 percent less contact after not wearing for 12 hours?

Unfortunately: Trays are not as effective as braces. They often leave teeth in better, but not optimal, position. Also note that GP's are not generally as skilled in resolving malocclusions as Specialists. These factors can result in post-treatment instability. Talk to your treating Dentist or (hopefully) Orthodontic Specialist. You may need to wear retainers 24/7 for a period of time. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wear retainers for after braces?

Long-term: "retention is a life-time commitment to periodic wear of retention devices." age changes us - that includes your teeth. Only way to prevent change is regular periodic monitoring and retention. ...Read more

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What to do if I have braces and i can't wear retainers or that kind of stuff. What are some solutions?

Why not?: Best way to stabilize orthodontic results are retainers. There are many different designs. Second best is wire bonded to the tongue side of your teeth. Discuss choices w your orthodontic specialist. ...Read more

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Can i wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

Can i wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

No : Well designed retainers are designed to retain teeth in their current position. It takes specific orthodontic appliances (invisalign) or brackets, wires and bands to orthodontically move (straighten) your teeth. See a dentist or orthodontist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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I learned that after wearing invisalign you have to wear retainers forever. Is that true?

I learned that after wearing invisalign you have to wear retainers forever. Is that true?

Yes: For any type of orthodontics braces or invisalign. Our teeth do not want to be naturally straight. If you want to keep them straight you will need to use some form of retainer for as long as you want them to stay straight. Most people get tired of wearing a retainer after 5 years and accept a little "drifting" . But if you want them to be perfectly straight a night time retainers is the best. ...Read more

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Can you get your tongue pierced if you wear orthodontic retainers?

Can you get your tongue pierced if you wear orthodontic retainers?

Tongue ring: Tongue rings are one of those things that make little sense to me, why stick a spike thru your tongue with some artful little ball attached that almost no one will ever see and can cause many dental problems from broken teeth to fractured restorations to infection, not to mention numbness and possible extensive bleeding upon placement. Would not recommend doing it. ...Read more

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Had braces on for 6 yrs. Wore retainers as instructed for 2 yrs completely forgot to wear retainers. Will my teeth go crooked again? Will it be as bad

Ortho relapse: It is possible that you will have a relapse, many people do. We can't predict how much change there will be in your bite. How does your retainer fit? Your orthodontist can make a new retainer. ...Read more

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How can you wear retainers and a mouthguard at the same time at night?

Night Guard: The purpose of a retainer is to prevent your teeth from moving and a hard full coverage night guard may be worn as the retainers. ...Read more

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Grinding Teeth (Definition)

Just like it sounds, it means you ...Read more