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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
After 9 years of not wearing my orthodontic retainer, my teeth are beginning to shift. What are my options?
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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