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What do orthodontic retainers do?

What do orthodontic retainers do?

Hold teeth: And keep them from moving back to where they started before orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Orthodontics (Definition)

An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...Read more


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Do orthodontic retainers usually fit well?

They should ....: Retainers are designed to hold teeth in place. Any pressure will move teeth and any looseness will allow movement, thus a well made retainer should be passive. If you have a loose or tight retainer, see your dentist or orthodontist to evaluate it. There is a real danger in trying to wear a "tweaked" retainer. A distorted retainer can lead to an expensive re treatment of the whole case. ...Read more

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Are acrylic orthodontic retainers safe to use?

Are acrylic orthodontic retainers safe to use?

Of course: If unsafe they would have been banned by the fda. Acrylic has been used in dentistry for over a century. There are an infinitesimally small group of people allergic to acrylic, but less than are allergic to strawberries or chocolate. Don't worry. Chance of allergy less than chance of being struck by lightning. ...Read more

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Can you get your tongue pierced if you wear orthodontic retainers?

Can you get your tongue pierced if you wear orthodontic retainers?

Tongue ring: Tongue rings are one of those things that make little sense to me, why stick a spike thru your tongue with some artful little ball attached that almost no one will ever see and can cause many dental problems from broken teeth to fractured restorations to infection, not to mention numbness and possible extensive bleeding upon placement. Would not recommend doing it. ...Read more

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Why isn't my orthodontic retainer working?

Why isn't my orthodontic retainer working?

Orthodontic retainer: If you do not wear orthodontic retainers as prescribed by your orthodontist then your teeth will go crooked again, and the hard work in wearing the braces will be lost. The reason for wearing retainers is to keep teeth in place after dental braces. ...Read more

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What to do if orthodontic retainer not working!?

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What to do if orthodontic retainer not working!?

See an Orthodontist: If you do not wear orthodontic retainers as prescribed by your orthodontist then your teeth will go crooked again, and the hard work in wearing the braces will be lost. The reason for wearing retainers is to keep teeth in place after dental braces. If concerned, see an orthodontist. ...Read more

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How long can I leave an orthodontic retainer out?

How long can I leave an orthodontic retainer out?

Depends: We ask our patients to wear their retainers 24/7 for a full year, then at night when sleeping after that. Go looking for reasons to put retainers in, not excuses to take them out. The less they are worn, the greater the risk of needing pretreatment. ...Read more

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What is the best method to clean your orthodontic retainer?

What is the best method to clean your orthodontic retainer?

Do 2 things: We recommend: 1. Brush retainers (plastic and metal) gently w a soft toothbrush every time you brush your teeth. 2. Once daily put into denture cleaner...Follow package instructions. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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