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Doctor insights on: Wire Retainer Vs Clear Retainer

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What is the very best way to clean a clear retainer?

What is the very best way to clean a clear retainer?

White vinegar/H2O: White vinegar and water, 50/50. The acidic vinegar will break down the basic tarter and soften it so your tooth brush can remove it. Be sure to use white vinegar as wine or apple vinegar will color your retainer. ...Read more

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


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Which is better- a clear retainer or metal retainer?

Which is better- a clear retainer or metal 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

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Can I use my clear retainers as whiting trays also?

Can I use my clear retainers as whiting trays also?

Teeth Whitening: Unfortunately, no. Clear retainers do not have the internal reservoirs required to hold the teeth whitening gel against your teeth. ...Read more

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I have clear u retainers, can the cold crack them?

I have clear u retainers, can the cold crack them?

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

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Is DEHP (dioctyl phthalate) present in clear retainers?

Is DEHP (dioctyl phthalate) present in clear retainers?

Don't worry: All orthodontic materials used are CE and FDA approved Dental Clinic Products. Ask your orthodontist for more information. Nothing to be concerned. ...Read more

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What is clear retainer made of? I know it's plastic, but would like to know details to look up the potential toxicity.

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

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Is it ok to clean a clear retainer for denture cleaning in dishwasher?

Is it ok to clean a clear retainer for denture cleaning in dishwasher?

No: The intense heat in some dishwashers can affect the prosthesis integrity. Best to just brush and or place in enzymatic bath. ...Read more

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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

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Will wearin old clear retainers shift my teeth back?

Will wearin old clear retainers shift my teeth back?

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

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Will a clear Essix retainer on my top teeth fully protect my teeth from clenching my teeth at night?

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

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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?

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

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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

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I have found a couple of rough spots on my clear essix retainer. I am very concerned that these little rough spots have been damaging my teeth.

Not possible: The fact, if you get a “sharp” or rough spot on the retainer you can file it with a nail file to smooth it down. Take care. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if I can whiten my teeth if I have to wear clear retainers?

Wanted to know if I can whiten my teeth if I have to wear clear retainers?

Yes: Best to wait a few months after braces removed to allow teeth to fully remineralize before whitening. Most effective whitening isn't OTC, it's provided by your General Dentist. ...Read more

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My clear plastic retainer is on verge of breaking and I won't be seeing my orthodontist in one week. Anything I can do?

Yes, you can: Occasionally, a piece of clear plastic will chip or break. As long as the retainer is still wearable, you can
continue to wear it until your orthodontist can check it for you. If there is a sharp edge, you can use a nail file to smooth it off. See your orthodontist ASAP. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Retainer doesn't fit: Bring your retainer with you to the Orthodontist who fabricated it for you. He\she will determine whether or not it should be adjusted, worn or remade. ...Read more

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My clear retainers (invisalign) make my teeth look grey and dull. What can I use?

My clear retainers (invisalign) make my teeth look grey and dull. What can I use?

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

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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

No: Talk to your orthodontist and have them aware of these issues. You may have under lying TMJ issues and have him/her address that before they are finished with your braces. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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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?

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