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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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I wear retainers every night and have gum recession. should i use a proxy brush every night? i always rinse each it before i apply to each tooth

I wear retainers every night and have gum recession. should i use a proxy brush every night? i always rinse each it before i apply to each tooth

Yes, every night: You should brush your teeth at least three times a day or after every meal, and use proxy brush and floss prior to cleaning in the evening. ...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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Right side of my mouth/jaw hurts/feels numb. Noticed for the past 2 days.Wear retainers at night and pain still is the same like always. ?

Right side of my mouth/jaw hurts/feels numb. Noticed for the past 2 days.Wear retainers at night and pain still is the same like always.
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Get Checked Out: The pain could be worsened when you lay down at night because in a horizontal position, the blood can rush to your head. It could be a sign that something is dentally wrong. Could be the left wisdom teeth or another tooth could be infected. This cannot be determined online. I strongly urge you to visit your dentist for a more thorough examination and treatment recommendation. ...Read more

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I have to wear retainers at night and when i am sleeping i breath through my nose, and this causes my throat to become very dry and irritated. why?

I have to wear retainers at night and when i am sleeping i breath through my nose, and this causes my throat to become very dry and irritated. why?

Saliva: We produce twice as much saliva when awake as we do when we are asleep. Couple this with muscles relaxing during sleep, allowing mouth to open, and tissues will dry. Especially problematic if you sleep on your back. ...Read more

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My orthodontic plastic retainer seems to be damaged, due to teeth grinding. What should I do?

My orthodontic plastic retainer seems to be damaged, due to teeth grinding. What should I do?

Repair or replace: The average lifespan of a plastic retainer is about 3 to 5 years. If damaged, plastic retainers require repair or replace by an orthodontist. See your orthodontist. dentist for treatment options. ...Read more

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Could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

Could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

Yes and no: Some types of orthodontic retainers will protect against nighttime grinding, some will not. Ask your dentist or orthodontist for the type that will. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

Please tell me, could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

Depends on the type: A traditional hawley retainer (acrylic and wires) normally will not work as a 'bite guard'. However, a full occlussal coverage bit guard (gelb) can work as a retainer. Speak to your orthodontist to get one that will work to protect against grinding and serve as a retentative appliance. ...Read more

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Will invisalign retainers work the same as a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night?

Will invisalign retainers work the same as a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night?

No: A properly fitted mouth guard for clenching/grinding purposes will be fitted to your bite and problem associated with your teeth grinding habit. Invisalign retainers are much thinner and do not take into consideration the way your teeth come together when they are in so could actually make a person who suffers from clenching/grinding, clench/grind more when wearing at night and grind through them. ...Read more

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What do orthodontic retainers do?

What do orthodontic retainers do?

Hold teeth: And keep them from moving back to where they started before orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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Do orthodontic retainers usually fit well?

They should ....: Retainers are designed to hold teeth in place. Any pressure will move teeth and any looseness will allow movement, thus a well made retainer should be passive. If you have a loose or tight retainer, see your dentist or orthodontist to evaluate it. There is a real danger in trying to wear a "tweaked" retainer. A distorted retainer can lead to an expensive re treatment of the whole case. ...Read more

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Are acrylic orthodontic retainers safe to use?

Are acrylic orthodontic retainers safe to use?

Of course: If unsafe they would have been banned by the fda. Acrylic has been used in dentistry for over a century. There are an infinitesimally small group of people allergic to acrylic, but less than are allergic to strawberries or chocolate. Don't worry. Chance of allergy less than chance of being struck by lightning. ...Read more

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Grinding Teeth (Definition)

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