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Do you have to see an orthodontist to get retainers / teeth straighteners?

Do you have to see an orthodontist to get retainers / teeth straighteners?

No, but...: Retainers hold teeth where they are. Aligners move teeth, but not as well as braces. Any dentist can do this, but not as well as a specialist who does nothing else. The orthodontist does only orthodontics. In a generalist's office you may be the only orthodontic patient he's seeing this week. And generalists usually charge fees very similar to those being charged by specialists, so no savings. ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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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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How much do spring retainers for teeth cost?

How much do spring retainers for teeth cost?

Varies: An active retainer is an appliance that creates movement. Springs are used to apply pressure to teeth for a desired result. They can range anywhere from $300 up to several hundred, depending on your demographic area, the complexity of your case, and the dentist's expertise and fees. ...Read more

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After 9 years of not wearing my orthodontic retainer, my teeth are beginning to shift. What are my options?

After 9 years of not wearing my orthodontic retainer, my teeth are beginning to shift. What are my options?

Braces/invisalign: sounds like you will need treatment all over again. Very sorry, but that's about it. will make you wish you wore it! ...Read more

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Have wire retainer on top&bottom with plastic1given as"backup"years ago.Now have slight shift in top front teeth.Will plastic retainer move teeth back?

Have wire retainer on top&bottom with plastic1given as"backup"years ago.Now have slight shift in top front teeth.Will plastic retainer move teeth back?

Retainer: If the relapse is merely mild, there's a chance that your retainer will still be effective. See your dentist because it is hard to give any recommendation without seeing the case. ...Read more

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Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?

Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?

NTI not a retainer: An nti appliance is normally used in patients with symptoms of tmd, and by virtue of it preventing back tooth contact, can shut down facial muscle activity that is causing pain in many instances. It is not a long term appliance as it can lead to uncontrolled back tooth eruption that can create other problems. Ask your dental professional for clarification of its purpose in your case. ...Read more

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Can a retainer fix shifted teeth?

Can a retainer fix shifted teeth?

Generally Not: A "retainer" is designed to hold your teeth in their current position, so that they don't move in the future. This is especially helpful for people who have had their teeth straightened, as those teeth tend to drift back to their original positions over time. However, some special retainers can produce very small movements in teeth which are slightly misaligned. Your dentist can advise you best. ...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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I threw away my retainer for my teeth, what should I use instead?

To prevent movement?: If you had a retainer to align or maintain movement of the teeth, you would have to have another one custom made for you. Seek the guidance of your dentist or an orthodontist to have a new one fabricated. ...Read more

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Will my retainer help my teeth after they've become crooked again?

Will my retainer help my teeth after they've become crooked again?

Probably not: A retainer RETAINS teeth in their position after orthodontic treatment is finished. If your teeth have moved more than just a tiny bit, you'll need an active appliance to realign them. Speak to a local orthodontist for your options. ...Read more

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I've not been using night retainer and my teeth are shifting back. Now what?

Phone call: Retainer probably no longer fits. You need to discuss your options with your orthodontist.. Try to align the teeth again, or new retainer to keep them in current position. Hard to say how much work you need without an examination. ...Read more