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Wire Retainer Vs Clear Retainer
Retainer: Both have their pluses and minuses. A metal fixed retainer that is bonded into place works better for compliance because you can't remove it. It is however difficult to keep clean. Plastic or resin retainers can break and get lost but area easier to clean. It's really your choice....for the sake of retaining the teeth in place post orthodontic treatment, both work equally well ...Read more
Very cold might: It would take a combination of cold and something like stepping on them to crack them. I see you live in south carolina, it will not get cold enough there to be a problem. Be sure to wear them as instructed by your orthodontist. ...Read more
What is clear retainer made of? I know it's plastic, but would like to know details to look up the potential toxicity.
PVC: This is a polypropylene or polyvinylchloride material, typically. 020" or. 030" thick. PVC only releases dioxin if it is not incinerated properly. It is not the case in orthodontics. All orthodontic materials used are CE and FDA approved Dental Clinic Products. Ask your orthodontist for more information. Nothing to be concerned. ...Read more
I can't find my bottom metal retainers. Is it okay if I use my clear whitening molds as retainers?
Not the same: Using your "whitening mold" as retainers is a good temporary fix. They are better than wearing nothing at all, however, they will not hold your teeth in proper position long term as they are made from more flexible material and have reserve spaces to hold the whitening gel. To keep your teeth from drifting out if position have your orthodontist made you a new set of retainers. ...Read more
Possibly: It depends on the amount of crowding that has returned and how well the retainers fit. If you can get them in and wear them 24/7 for a while then you might improve their positioning. ...Read more
Will a clear Essix retainer on my top teeth fully protect my teeth from clenching my teeth at night?
Better than nothing: Any piece of plastic between the teeth will help with grinding tooth to tooth. However, to get the decrease in intensity and duration of the grind/clench there needs to be contact on the front teeth more than the back teeth. The front teeth have the shut off switch for the grinding, if they are disconnected because only the back teeth touch then the appliance will not be as effective ...Read more
I have a clear night retainer which fits but not entirely. My teeth have moved slightly on the top. Can it fit properly if I wear it for a while?
Probably no: Retainers are designed to be worn consistently to prevent shifting of teeth. They often need to be worn daily to keep your teeth in their ideal position. If you forget & wear it a couple of days later & it still goes to place, but is tight, then your teeth can reposition within the retainer. But, if some teeth currently do not fit, then your retainer usually will not help. See your dentist. ...Read more
Yes: Your bottom teeth will shiftGet a more detailed answer ›
Okay so tomorrow I get my braces off & I can get clear or wire retainer. Which is most appropriate for female college runner?
Ask Orthodontist: The best answer is the one recommended by your treating Dentist or Orthodontic Specialist. There are many different types of retained, all of which have strengths and weaknesses. The most important thing to remember is to wear your retainer EXACTLY as directed, no cheating, if you want your Orthodontic correction to remain stable. ...Read more
I got my braces off and got a clear retainer a week ago. There is still a little pressure/soreness with it. Is that ok? I've worn it correctly.
My clear plastic retainer is on verge of breaking and I won't be seeing my orthodontist in one week. Anything I can do?
What do you suggest if my clear plastic retainer is on verge of breaking and I won't be seeing my orthodontist in one week?
Your OK: See if they can see you sooner, but if not, keep wearing until it breaks, then discuss at your next appointment ...Read more
My dr. Recommended a clear invisalign retainer but for my lifestyle (I am a flight attendant and can't easilly remove my retainers for eating)I feel a permanent retainer would be best. Can I make the switch? The only time I take them out is to brush and t
Unknown: Your dentist felt that the Vivera retainers were best for your specific treatment, but you feel otherwise. You'll have to discuss your desires with them. If it is agreed that a fixed lingual wire will work equally as well for your post treatment retention, then I'm sure it can be placed for a nominal fee. ...Read more
Can I leave flouride gel in my clear retainer and sleep with it overnight, every night, or will that damage my teeth?
Yes: It should help prevent issues with your teeth and will not damage them. ...Read more
From this app I learnt that teeth will shift through out the years. If I get one of those clear retainers would that help them from not moving?
If worn regularly: Retainers only work to maintain teeth in their existing position if worn conscientiously on a daily basis. The more one skips days or stops wearing them, the more the teeth tend to drift over time. Some arches are more stabile than others. ...Read more
Is it bad to put dental wax on the tips of my clear plastic retainer where I grind the most, because I don't want to chew through it? Is this bad?
No: It will just wear off. It is too soft. If you should wear through it then have another one made. ...Read more
I haven't worn my clear retainer in two weeks and now half of the retainer doesn't fit. Should I still wear it with the hope of it moving my teeth back?
Yes: Clear retainers work successfully with all sizes of teeth. ...Read more
Retainers or teeth?: If your Invisalign trays or retainers have turned grey, it may be from your retainer cleaning technique. See your Orthodontist. If the teeth are discolored, see your Dentist. There may or not be an OTC solution depending on the cause, but you will have to be seen to be evaluated. ...Read more
Can a clear type of retainer cause craze lines on teeth, if you are grinding on it too hard? I place dental wax on the spots wear I am grinding the most
I had my maxillofacial surgery 4 months ago, this involved shifting my lower jaw. I just had my braces taken off and now wearing a clear retainer. But when I wear the retainer my lower jaw shift slightly to the right. I don’t feel any pain about it, once
Lower Jaw Shift: The clear retainer is also acting as a bite splint. This causes the jaw muscles to relax as apposed to them being held in a more functioning position which may be a result of your surgery. Healing should allow the muscles to accommodate to a more neutral position and shifting should go away. If not I would suggest a return visit to your oral surgeon. ...Read more
I'm trying to temporarily fix my retainer. Is it safe to use clear scotch tape. The retainer will be in my mouth for long periods of time?
Suggestion: Have your dentist/orthodontist repair it or replace it. They don't last forever. Scotch tape won't work, and if your teeth shift, you'll be sorry you did not fix the problem in a timely manner. ...Read more
My clear plastic mouth retainers haven't been washed in 3 days, I opened the container to find bits of green and yellow bacteria. How do I clean them?
Gross: First pet retainers and case into 1 part liquid bleach, 3 parts water, for 1 hour. Carefully rinse thoroughly with water. Then cover with room temperature water and drop in a Poldent or Efferdent tablet. Let soak for 20 minutes. Rinse and put into your mouth. Then gently brush 2x/day w toothbrush, and 1x/day use a denture cleaner tablet, and be sure to wear EXACTLY as directed. ...Read more