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What to do if my permanent retainer is not working out?

What to do if my permanent retainer is not working out?

Retaner problems: I am not sure what you mean by not working out. I assume you see some teeth movement. If so you may need to remove the permanent retainer and have your doctor make a removable retainer that can be adjusted to help the alignment. ...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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Is a permanent retainer better than a removable one? What's the difference?

Is a permanent retainer better than a removable one? What's the difference?

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

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Can a regular dds fix my permanent retainer?

Can a regular dds fix my permanent retainer?

Maybe: Some general dentists offer orthodontic services too. Call and ask if they repair appliances before you make an appointment. ...Read more

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What can I do to floss with a permanent retainer?

Superfloss: At your pharmacy you will find a special floss that has a hardened end which slips under the bonded piece, between your teeth. The dentist who placed this retainer should have explained this to you. ...Read more

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Getting permanent retainers when had normal retainers?

Getting permanent retainers when had normal retainers?

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

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I swallowed my permanent retainer. Should I be worried?

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

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What is the best way to take care of permanent retainers?

What is the best way to take care of permanent retainers?

Diligent cleaning: You must take special care to floss and brush around the retainer in order to prevent plaque build- up that leads to calculus and tooth decay. ...Read more

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Which things should you eat and not eat with permanent retainers?

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

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What should I do if I'm having extreme pain from my permanent retainer?

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

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How long does it take for an overbite to go? Is a permanent retainer really necessary for me?

How long does it take for an overbite to go? Is a permanent retainer really necessary for me?

What?: By "go" do you mean "get worse"? If so, that's an ongoing process. Permanent retainers have hygiene issues. Before committing to treatment, please see an overbite expert, and orthodontist, for evaluation of your malocclusion and treatment options. You'll be glad you did. ...Read more

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Could it be possible to be poisoned by the metal on a permanent retainer after 15 years of wearing it?

Could it be possible to be poisoned by the metal on a permanent retainer after 15 years of wearing it?

Most unlikely: Your retainer is made of a high grade of stainless steel (assuming usa fda standards). There are many other replacement body parts/joints made the same materials that are considered safe and effective. The glue used to adhere to your teeth is under the same set of rules. ...Read more

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May have swallowed a very small thin piece of my permanent retainer about this size (-------) should I be worried

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

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Why does a gap reopen even with permanent retainers on?

Loose: A "permanent" retainer is attached to the teeth. If the teeth to which the retainer is attached are moving, then the retainer has become detached. Please immediately see the Orthodontic Specialist or General Dentist who treated you. ...Read more

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Do I still have to floss where my permanent retainers are?

Absolitely: There are may tools to help you. Speak to your dentsit about it. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a different orthodontist can fix my permanent retainers?

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

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Could molds be made of my teeth if I have a permanent retainer?

Could molds be made of my teeth if I have a permanent retainer?

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

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Could my permanent retainer be the cause of my TMJ / tinnitus?

Very unlikely: See a dentist who has extensive training and experience in tmd examine you and determine the cause of your symptoms. Also pose this question to the orthodontist who gave you your retainer. ...Read more

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What does my permanent retainer hurt my teeth?

It shouldn't: Have the orthodontist who fabricated it examine it for a proper fit. ...Read more

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Teeth rotting out under permanent retainer...Help?

Teeth rotting out under permanent retainer...Help?

See your dentist: The sooner you get treatment the better chance you have of saving your teeth. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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?

Likely Yes: 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

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I was wondering what do I buy to floss with permanent retainers on top and bottom teeth?

I was wondering what do I buy to floss with permanent retainers on top and bottom teeth?

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

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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?

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?

Orthodontist: Your orthodontist will explain to you why they did not fabricate a retainer. I could not possibly guess what their rationale is, but they will know for sure. ...Read more

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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

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I swallowed top permanent retainer. Yesterday, and today my stomach does hurt. Is it That I should've, and now go to the doctors?

I swallowed top permanent retainer. Yesterday, and today my stomach does hurt. Is it That I should've, and now go to the doctors?

Yes: I would recommend that you see a doctor if you are having stomach pain. An xray may be ordered too to evaluate the location of retainer and see if there are any signs of stomach damage. ...Read more