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Is everyone supposed to wear dental retainers before braces are applied?

Is everyone supposed to wear dental retainers before braces are applied?

Probably Not: Orthodontic retainers help keep the position of your teeth after moving your teeth. If you haven't moved your teeth, then there's no real reason to wear a retainer. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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How to know if I need a retainer or braces?

How to know if I need a retainer or braces?

Depends...: If you are happy with how your smile looks and your teeth alignment a retainer will maintain your teeth in their current position. However if for any reason you believe your smile needs improvement, orthodontic treatment will be necessary. ...Read more

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Will I really need a retainer after my braces?

Will I really need a retainer after my braces?

Best insurance: Wearing retainers after braces is the best way to protect your investment in straightening your teeth. Your teeth are like every other part of your body, they tend to change over time. Simply wearing a retainer afterwards can prevent these undesirable changes. ...Read more

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How often is a retainer worn after braces come off?

How often is a retainer worn after braces come off?

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

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Can braces and retainers actually do the same thing?

Can braces and retainers actually do the same thing?

No: Braces move individual teeth. Retainers are designed to hold teeth in position after braces. In rare instances, modified retainers can be done for minor tooth movement. ...Read more

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Can you explain what are the best type of retainers after braces?

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

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After braces come off -- are retainers going to be really annoying?

After braces come off -- are retainers going to be really annoying?

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

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I didn't get retainers after I got my braces off, should I have gotten some?

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

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Lost my bottom retainer, is it possible to only have bottom braces again as long as im still using my top retainer?

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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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

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

I would think so: Were you told that you would need to wear a retainer for life? At 24 you are done growing and things are where they are at this point. Would ask your parent what they were told at the time or the last person who made your retainer. Or your orthodontist or dentist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How long should I wear my retainer after braces?

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

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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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How long do I have to wear a retainer after getting my braces off?

How long do I have to wear a retainer after getting my braces off?

Frequently: Depending on the correction to the teeth, many orthodontists fit you with a retainer you must wear in order for the teeth not to go back to their original position. Sometimes, mostly in the lower teeth, the retainer might be placed permanently. ...Read more

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How do the orthodontists adjust the retainer if they move after your braces are off?

Depends: Sometimes you can adjust a wire to re rotate just cutting the plastic will sometimes allow a tooth to move. An aligner can be made which can re treat the tooth and then the retainer adjusted to the corrected relation. ...Read more

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Do acrylic retainers -used after braces are off- release any sort of toxic chemicals?

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

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Braces taken off in 1999 and I still wear my retainers. What is causing my lower midline shift?

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

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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 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

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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.

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.

No, see orthodontist: If your teeth seem to be loose longer than 3-4 month after the braces come off, you should have your orthodontist evaluate you for bite trauma or gum disease and refer you to a periodontist. See your orthodontist/dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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? .

Our: Our normal protocol is retainer wear for the first year all the time, night time for the second year, and a few nights per week as long as you want the teeth to stay straight---usually forever. ...Read more

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Is a fiberotomy necessary after braces, or just wear a retainer?

Is a fiberotomy necessary after braces, or just 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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How long can I go without wearing dental retainer after getting off braces?

Don't: You spent a lot of money and time in braces. Your teeth can start moving over night, right after the braces come off. If you wait till you notice a tooth has moved the retainer may not fit. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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