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How long will it take retainer to straighten crooked teeth?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Crooked teeth
First be sure that your retainer is supposed to straighten your teeth.
The very term retainer means to retain which in this case is to prevent movement. There are some types of appliances that are grouped in with retainers such as a spring appliance which will move teeth but is limited. Invisalign is much like a retainer but it moves teeth. Is yours made to move teeth? Check with your doc.

In brief: Crooked teeth
First be sure that your retainer is supposed to straighten your teeth.
The very term retainer means to retain which in this case is to prevent movement. There are some types of appliances that are grouped in with retainers such as a spring appliance which will move teeth but is limited. Invisalign is much like a retainer but it moves teeth. Is yours made to move teeth? Check with your doc.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Depends on how crooked your teeth are to begin with.
Only orthodontist can tell you how long it will take after examining you. It will straighten up in 3 months to 1-2 years .After that , you need to still keep retainer, probably another year. It all depends on severity of crookedness.

In brief: Depends
Depends on how crooked your teeth are to begin with.
Only orthodontist can tell you how long it will take after examining you. It will straighten up in 3 months to 1-2 years .After that , you need to still keep retainer, probably another year. It all depends on severity of crookedness.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: They don't
Retainers retain, they hold things where they are.
There are removable orthodontic appliances that are sometimes inappropriately called retainers, and they can affect some tooth movement. It's faster, easier, cheaper, however, to have traditional orthodontic treatment followed by one of many forms of retention to stabilize the treatment result. See a qualified orthodontic specialist for eval.

In brief: They don't
Retainers retain, they hold things where they are.
There are removable orthodontic appliances that are sometimes inappropriately called retainers, and they can affect some tooth movement. It's faster, easier, cheaper, however, to have traditional orthodontic treatment followed by one of many forms of retention to stabilize the treatment result. See a qualified orthodontic specialist for eval.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
Your result with an active retainer is dependent upon how crooked the tooth is, how much space is available to align it an d how much you wear the retainer. Full time is recommended.

In brief: Depends
Your result with an active retainer is dependent upon how crooked the tooth is, how much space is available to align it an d how much you wear the retainer. Full time is recommended.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dr. Gary Chapman
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Crooked
Specific types of retainers may be used to align teeth, but the type, design, and duration of treatment is varied.
In other words, the time required will be dependent upon how crowded your teeth are and how much you were the retainer. Ask your orthodontic specialist for an evaluation and estimated treatment time.

In brief: Crooked
Specific types of retainers may be used to align teeth, but the type, design, and duration of treatment is varied.
In other words, the time required will be dependent upon how crowded your teeth are and how much you were the retainer. Ask your orthodontic specialist for an evaluation and estimated treatment time.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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