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Will Wearing My Retainer Straighten My Teeth Again
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
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 6 more doctor answers
I'm looking for a retainer that will straighten my teeth. Trying to avoid braces. Are there any at stores or do I have to talk to my dentist?
In the US: Best option, braces, over 90% improvement. 2nd choice is any of the removable or semi-removable appliances! including clear aligners, with about a 50% or less improvement outcome. Treatment in the hands of a specialist is more successful than in the hands of a generalist. Success has more to do with the training, skill, and experience of the practitioner than in the type of gadget. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers