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Anyone who got clear retainers after braces: do they work for small teeth?

17 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Ostreicher
Dentistry - Orthodontics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Clear retainers work successfully with all sizes of teeth.

In brief: Yes

Clear retainers work successfully with all sizes of teeth.
Dr. David Ostreicher
Dr. David Ostreicher
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Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Clear retainers will work for all different sized teeth.
What is more important to have evaluated is what did your teeth look like prior to braces? If a particular tooth or teeth were very rotated (more than 30 degrees) or very far off alignment from the other teeth in that arch (more than 3 mm) then your dentist may consider using a bonded retainer in conjunction to the clear retainer.

In brief: Yes

Clear retainers will work for all different sized teeth.
What is more important to have evaluated is what did your teeth look like prior to braces? If a particular tooth or teeth were very rotated (more than 30 degrees) or very far off alignment from the other teeth in that arch (more than 3 mm) then your dentist may consider using a bonded retainer in conjunction to the clear retainer.
Dr. Stanley Siu
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Dr. William Dabney
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Retainer

Small teeth with spaces next to them work well with clear retainers.
Small teeth without spaces do not work as well as there is not enough tooth to "catch" the retainer and small shifting may occur.

In brief: Retainer

Small teeth with spaces next to them work well with clear retainers.
Small teeth without spaces do not work as well as there is not enough tooth to "catch" the retainer and small shifting may occur.
Dr. William Dabney
Dr. William Dabney
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: So

You want anecdotal responses from people who may or may not have worn their retainers as directed as opposed to the opinion of an Orthodontic Specialist with years of training and experience? The best advice you can receive is from the person who knows your occlusion best, your Orthodontic Specialist.
Remember, retainers (no matter what type) only work if worn EXACTLY as prescribed...no cheating

In brief: So

You want anecdotal responses from people who may or may not have worn their retainers as directed as opposed to the opinion of an Orthodontic Specialist with years of training and experience? The best advice you can receive is from the person who knows your occlusion best, your Orthodontic Specialist.
Remember, retainers (no matter what type) only work if worn EXACTLY as prescribed...no cheating
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Yes

They are fitted to work with any size teeth.

In brief: Yes

They are fitted to work with any size teeth.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Yes

Certainly, small teeth do not have the surface area of teeth with larger crowns; however, well-fitting clear retainers should function well.
If there are concerns, please contact your orthodontic specialist.

In brief: Yes

Certainly, small teeth do not have the surface area of teeth with larger crowns; however, well-fitting clear retainers should function well.
If there are concerns, please contact your orthodontic specialist.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Absolutely

I prefer clear retainers for the majority of my patients.
Tooth size is of no consequence. It is more about consistent, long term wear to preserve your bite and smile.

In brief: Absolutely

I prefer clear retainers for the majority of my patients.
Tooth size is of no consequence. It is more about consistent, long term wear to preserve your bite and smile.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dr. Gary Chapman
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