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What are the materials needed to make at home orthodontic hawly retainer?

What are the materials needed to make at home orthodontic hawly retainer?

A degree!: I would not do this! do it wrong and you can cause serious damage to your teeth. The wrong pressure on the wrong tooth can be catastrophic. Without 4 years of dental school and a 2-3 year ortho residency, do not try. The cost is not excessive. See an orthodontist. Please! ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Orthodontics (Definition)

An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...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?

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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Why isn't my orthodontic retainer working?

Why isn't my orthodontic retainer working?

Orthodontic retainer: If you do not wear orthodontic retainers as prescribed by your orthodontist then your teeth will go crooked again, and the hard work in wearing the braces will be lost. The reason for wearing retainers is to keep teeth in place after dental braces. ...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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What to do if orthodontic retainer not working!?

What to do if orthodontic retainer not working!?

Call: Call your Orthodontic Specialist. If teeth are moving it means either you are not wearing retainer enough hours per day, or it means it needs an adjustment. Make an appointment to have your occlusion and your retainer checked and, if necessary, adjusted or replaced. As an aside, please know that there is more post-treatment instability if Rx done by GP, and if alternative appliances were used. ...Read more

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How long can I leave an orthodontic retainer out?

How long can I leave an orthodontic retainer out?

Depends: We ask our patients to wear their retainers 24/7 for a full year, then at night when sleeping after that. Go looking for reasons to put retainers in, not excuses to take them out. The less they are worn, the greater the risk of needing pretreatment. ...Read more

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What is the best method to clean your orthodontic retainer?

What is the best method to clean your orthodontic retainer?

Do 2 things: We recommend: 1. Brush retainers (plastic and metal) gently w a soft toothbrush every time you brush your teeth. 2. Once daily put into denture cleaner...Follow package instructions. ...Read more

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Do you get new retainer when you go for a orthodontic retainer check?

Typically not : Unless there is something wrong / broken with your present retainer. It is often just to adjust the appliance to make sure teeth stay in the position that was intended. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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It is normal for a non-fixed bottom orthodontic retainer to be slightly loose?

Yes: A removable retainer will become slightly loose over time. Just be sure to examine it for cracking which can affect fit. As long as it is intact, the fact that it is loosening indicates that you are wearing it adequately. An orthodontist becomes concerned when a retainer tightens over time, because it indicates that teeth are moving and/or the retainer is not being worn enough. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's okay if i haven't wore my post orthodontic retainer for one night ?

Not a problem: Missing one night with a retainer is unlikely to cause significant teeth movement. Protect that great smile, wear your retainers. ...Read more

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Could orthodontic cement be able to stick on brace brackets onto retainers?

Could orthodontic cement be able to stick on brace brackets onto retainers?

It is possible: However, treatment decision should be made after discussion between you and your Orthodontist/Dentist. ...Read more

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Can alcohol damage an orthodontic retainer?

Not a good idea: If your talking about occasionally having an alcoholic beverage while wearing retainer, not a problem. Alcohol should not be used to clean acrylic retainers, however, as the alcohol may desiccate the plastic. ...Read more

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Can I use orthodontic retainer for bleaching?

Can I use orthodontic retainer for bleaching?

Not recommended : You maybe able to use it but it might damage your retainer. Retainers are much more expensive than bleaching trays. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an orthodontic retainer stop working?

It depends: It should not stop working if it is being worn adequately and is intact (without cracking). A retainer becomes tighter over time if the teeth start to move because of inadequate wear. Some patients feel that something is wrong if it loosens, but this is normal with good wear and an intact retainer. ...Read more

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How to fix underbite with plates and elastics and retainer orthodontic treatment?

See an orthodontist: for consultation, records and treatment options. Depending on your situation, your orthodontist will determine how best to fix it. ...Read more

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How to adjust underbite with plates and elastics and retainer orthodontic treatment?

How to adjust underbite with plates and elastics and retainer orthodontic treatment?

See Orthodontist: If you have an underbite, it is important to consult with an orthodontist and find out what you can do to correct it. ...Read more

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Could smoking cigarettes damage an orthodontic retainer?

Unlikely: While the toxins and hot gases in cigarette smoke can scar your lungs and cause cancer, they usually do not cause damage to the stainless steel or plastic retainers. However, the tars in cigarette smoke can discolor some retainers. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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