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Not necessarily: Permanent retainers, glued to the back of your teeth require special care. The "orthodontic food list" still applies as your glued retainer can become loose from chewing biting into hard-sticky foods. Removable retainers don't have diet restrictions, don't get in the way of brushing and flossing and don't contribute to periodontal disease as glued in retainers can. ...Read more
Fixed retainer: A fixed retainer, made possible by the technology of composite bonding, is a significant convenience to help you keep your teeth straight after braces. Your only added burden is to ensure it is kept clean and free of calcium deposits, also known as tartar, with good oral hygiene, and not to simply break it with hard biting of very hard foods. ...Read more
Depends: If it is aspirated into lungs can become lodged. If in GI tract can cause perforation. May need x-ray to localize current position before choosing rx. If in lungs will have to be removed. If in GI tract stool will have to be examined to assure passage out of body. Call your orthodontist for guidance. ...Read more
The Food list: Unfortunately, "permanent retainers" are not so permanent if you eat certain foods. Biting into carrots, celery, any harder type foods can dislodge the retainer. The orthodontic food list will still apply for the most part. When your retainer fails, replace it immediately. ...Read more
Very Unusual: This is a very unusual question. "permanent" glued OM retainers are passive wires glued to the back of your teeth. Only thing I can think of is that you might have bent it on some hard food and it is moving your teeth. Go see your orthodontist asap. ...Read more
Could it be possible to be poisoned by the metal on a permanent retainer after 15 years of wearing it?
May have swallowed a very small thin piece of my permanent retainer about this size (-------) should I be worried
Wait and watch it to:
You need to wait for a couple of days that it takes to go down the intestines and out through the stool.
Unless you experience some pain in your belly, you can relax and not worry about it. I do not expect any serious problems. Good luck. ...Read more
Absolitely: There are may tools to help you. Speak to your dentsit about it. ...Read more
Possible: It is very likely that another orthodontist can help you with the orthodontic appliance. Every time a doctor sees a new patient, it is important that s/he performs examination first so as not to overlook something that is more serious. You are likely to have an exam, then your new dr may ask for your clinical note/chart from your previous dr. ...Read more
Yes: You can have impressions taken and molds of your teeth made. Why do you want molds? Discuss your concerns with your dentist. ...Read more
See your dentist: The sooner you get treatment the better chance you have of saving your teeth. ...Read more
If I was to remove a permanent retainer from either the top or bottom teeth, is there a risk of teeth chipping or getting damaged?
Why retention: There is little need for long term retention if the jaw position, bite, joints, muscles head and neck are in balance so they all work in harmony. A permanent retainer usually means this harmony has not been established and retention is there to overcome the body trying to "balance itself". If you are using the retainer as a night time sleep appliance, then it may be needed long term. ...Read more
I have both upper and lower permanent retainers placed yesterday. The lower one cut my tongue and I'm bleeding. Should I be worried?
Return ASAP: The tissue inside mouth is delicate ; easily damaged. The good news is once the offending cause is removed, it heals rapidly! It is likely that your retainer has minor but pointy edge somewhere. Please return to your dentist asap. Once the retainer is adjusted you should feel better almost right away. This type of imperfection in retainer is hardly visible, and post-insert adjustments are common. ...Read more
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
I had my braces removed yesterday and now have u/l permanent retainers. I have a gap open between my teethand I will be getting my hawley retainers next week. Will hawley retainers help close the gap?
If you like your smile, you have to love your retainers!
sounds like your doctor is very conscientious, using both permanent (glued onto the inside of the front teeth) and removable (hawley) retainers!
if the space is small and in the front, a hawley retainer will generally take care of the gap. Have your doctor evaluate it when you pick up your retainers. Congratulations! ...Read more
I have a permanent retainer fixed between my front two top teeth to stop the gap from reappearing. Why is it not working anymore?
Detached: It's probably partially detached. Return to the orthodontist or dentist who made it for you. ...Read more
Floss threaders: You can purchase floss threaders at the grocery store. Your orthodontist should show you how to use them, but it is very easy. Another great product is super floss. This has a stiff end to pass it under the retainer wire and also a portion that is fuzzy which when passed up and down and back and forth, will remove lots of debris and plaque. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I got a permanent retainer fixed on the top 4 front teeth but wasn't given anything to retain the backs. What do I do?
New Random space beside the left front tooth? I have nice teeth (braces) and a permanent retainer as well, what could be happening?
Dentist / Orthodon: I'm not a dentist, but sometimes despite retainers, teeth will shift and move. I would see your dentist or orthodontist to perform a full check and see if they can arrest or reverse this process. Good luck ...Read more