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Retainer Before Braces
Retainer wear: It depends on the type of treatment offered and how much your teeth moved when they were straightened. If your teeth were really crowded or spaced you will need to wear it more often. If the teeth were only slightly crooked or spaced then less often. A safe estimate would be 4 hours during the day and all night for a few months then night time only therafter but discuss this with your orthodontist. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on your original problem, your level of compliance, and all the time and trouble your orthodontic specialist went to to diagnose your problem and establish a treatment plan that includes choice of retainers. Ask your orthodontist to explain the choice best for you. ...Read more
No: Patients wear them for years and years and years and do not have a problem. Indeed, most find they have trouble sleeping WITHOUT them! ...Read more
Retainers required: Supervised retention following orthodontic treatment is almost always required and a part of your treatment plan. At least for a period of time following active treatment, this usually means you need to wear removable or bonded retainers while bone hardens around teeth in their new positions. Also, some slight shifting of teeth as time passes is to be expected as you use them. ...Read more
I have had braces and now having a retainer but one of them is quite loose. Help, what should I do?
Retainer: It would be best to call your doctor for an appointment in the next few days. ...Read more
Lost my bottom retainer, is it possible to only have bottom braces again as long as im still using my top retainer?
Depends: Teeth tend to return from their original position after completed orthodontic treatment if retaiers are not worn. I suggest you cotact your orthodontist and get his opinion on what to do for your lower teeth. ...Read more
Hello! Just had a quick question, is it normal to feel pain while wearing retainers? I just got my braces off today (woo!) and got my retainers
Great.: Of course you will Feel different and somewhat uncomfortable. Do wear it daily as recommended. Ina weeks time your mouth will get used to it and won't feel the pain. Good luck ...Read more
I just got my braces removed today, and got my retainers. How long can I keep my retainers out? And do I HAVE to wear them throughout the night?
You have to: Typically, it takes about a year or two for teeth to become stable in a new position. Without consistent wear of the retainers for a long time, you risk the chance of your teeth returning to their per-orthodontic treatment position. ...Read more
I got braces when I was 12, got them taken out at 13. I wore my retainer as recommended. Should I still wear them here and there or can I stop? I'm 24
Hi! I had my braces removed 7 years ago. I got a fixed retainer after, I haven't had any problem with it until now. Last week I took a bite of a pr?
Fixed retainer: Fixed retainers have a finite life span. If removed teeth are likely to shift. Best to return to your Orthodontist for replacement. If that's not possible, have your Dentist recommend another Orthodontist. ...Read more
Lifetime-we hope: It depends on your case and the way you started. I like the lower retainer to stay for ever, because with or without braces the lower teeth have the tendency to crowd as we age. As for the upper retainer for at least 2 years, after that it depends on the stability of the teeth. ...Read more
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
No: Unless you are allergic to acrylic. Have your family doctor or allergist test you if you have a problem. In 40+ years I have never seen case. What can be a problem is not cleaning the retainers and having a contact infection. Take retainers out and brush gently when you brush your teeth. Also 1x/day in denture cleanser is a good idea. ...Read more
Good question: Know that teeth shift and change in response to use, wear, muscle balance, etc. All the bones in your body are completely replaced every 7-8 years. Has anyone adjusted your retainers? Do you go for regular dental care? Has your occlusion changed? Have you lost any teeth, mad fillings or crowns done, had any gum/bone loss. Please see an Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more
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
I have an over bite aren't they suppose to fix that before they took out my braces or will the retainer fix it?
Retainers: Retainers are passive, not active, treatment appliances. They don't "fix" problems. They stabilize treatment results. If you have a question about your treatment results please return to the dentist or orthodontic specialist that treated you for review and reevaluation. ...Read more
I am going to get my braces off in about 2 weeks. Should I prepare for anything: discoloration, retainer stuff, etc.?
Retainers: Be prepared to start wearing them 16 hours a day. ...Read more
My upper teeths all seem loose. I've had braces for 7yrs and removed them 3 yrs ago. Is this loose feeling normal? I have a retainer.
I didn't wear my retainer for 6 months, and now I have an appointment. Will I have to get braces again? I started to wear them 24/7 last week.
It depends..: ..on how much relapse has occurred. Sometimes you can recover what you lost with your retainers and sometimes more orthodontic treatment is required. If possible go back to your treating doctor and find out! ...Read more
Can I make my retainer fit again? I had braces for 2 years and I haven't worn them in a couple monte now they barely fit and are loose in the back
Maybe...: This, unfortunately happens alot. Sometimes, if your teeth actually settled in a more stable position your doctor can adjust your retainers to fit this better alignment. More likely your teeth moved in a bad way and you will need a new retainer to get you back into a good alignment. ...Read more
After braces are removed, how long is the retainer worn? I know that i'll have to wear a retainer for some time after my braces are removed. How long do most people have to wear a retainer? .
Edward's works: The edward's procedure or supercrestal fiberotomy was described in 1970 and assists in retaining problematic, rotated teeth. This small procedure is usually only accomplished for 1 or 2 teeth. The need, the process, and the risk/benefits should be discussed with your orthodontic and periodontal specialist. ...Read more
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