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Dr. Tarek Hamid
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Can my retainer re-straighten my teeth after i stopped wearing it for a while?

Can my retainer re-straighten my teeth after i stopped wearing it for a while?

Depends: It really depends on the period that you did not wear the retainers, if the retainer fits tight or with some difficulty , it might work, your teeth well be sore for a while. In longer periods you might need a little adjustment, or a new retainer, or even in severe cases new braces all over again. You dentist well be able to tell you. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Would a retainer slightly straighten teeth?

RETAIN - er: A retainer is designed to retain teeth in their final position after orthodontic care has been completed. You may need an appliance that actively moves teeth, and that may be possible in your situation. Consult with a local orthodontist for your options. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
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Can i wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

Can i wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

No : Well designed retainers are designed to retain teeth in their current position. It takes specific orthodontic appliances (invisalign) or brackets, wires and bands to orthodontically move (straighten) your teeth. See a dentist or orthodontist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Do plates retainers help straighten teeth?

Do plates retainers help straighten teeth?

Not really: Retainers retain, they hold teeth where they are. There are removable orthodontic devices that have some limited tooth movement capabilities, but they are only moderately capable of correction. Best advice, see an orthodontist who has many different ways available to help you resolve your problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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?

Mention concern: Probably will do neither. Retainers are meant to retain the teeth in place after orthodontics is completed, and nti appliance helps to reduce stress on muscles and tmjoints and harmful effects of bruxism. I would suggest that you discuss your concerns and discomfort with your orthodontist. Unfortunately, not being able to actually see the appliance i can only give you some generalizations. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Alexander Villarasa
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Will a bite plate straighten my teeth?

Will a bite plate straighten my teeth?

Not necessarily: I am not an orthodontist, but my impression is that a bite plate may correct an underbite or an overbite, but not straighten teeth. You need braces to do that. ...Read more

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How can a dentist straighten teeth without using braces or spacers?

How can a dentist straighten teeth without using braces or spacers?

Orthodontist: There may be other options for you such as lingual braces (tongue side of teeth), clear braces, or clear aligner treatments (e.g., invisalign). It is best to make an appointment with a licensed orthodontic specialist for an individual evaluation regarding your needs. ...Read more

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