Retainers

I had lost my retainers two months ago and i haven’t been able to get new ones because of money. Now i have the money, but i would like to know how much your teeth have to move in order for you to still get retainers again or have to go back to braces. Only one tooth has moved from my top.

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Answer: Retainers

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

There is no specified amount of movement that takes place before a new set of retainers can be fabricated.  Once you arrive at your appointment, new custom impressions or molds will be taken of your mouth for the fabrication of your new retainers.  Retainers only retain teeth, they will not move the teeth that have shifted back into alignment.  If you want to have the tooth/teeth shifted, sometimes a Hawley retainer can be recommended for a minor movement or clear aligner therapy may be necessary for several teeth.  You shouldn't have to go back into traditional brackets and bands for any reason.  

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