Dental Retainer

Dental retainer helps prevent teeth relapse after orthodontic treatment and is of two types, namely temporary and permanent. Temporary retainers include Hawleys and clear plastic retainers, and these can be easily removed, cleaned, and placed back by the patient itself. Permanent retainers consist of a braided wire cemented to the lingual or palatal aspect of the front tooth.

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I noticed recently that one of my middle teeth is out of line. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I just got my braces off a few days ago, and I have been wearing my top retainer faithfully. I got a fixed retainer on the bottom front teeth, but they are only glued on by the two ends, not on each tooth. I noticed recently that one of the middle tooth is out of line from the rest, bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you described the lower retainer is fixed to only two teeth, the other teeth are free to move forward or rotate. It is common in such cases that the teeth do tend to move back to their previous positions. I would recommend you make an appointment with the orthodonti...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to wear retainers the entire day?

Query: Hi doctor, I have completed wearing braces and now, I am wearing my retainer. It has been a year now or two since I started wearing them. My orthodontist told me to wear my retainer once every two days. What can I do if my retainer seems to be tighter than usual? Do I need to wear it continuously...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A tight retainer is advised when the tooth shows shifting. Please mention whether your retainer got activated recently by your dentist. You must wear your retainer as long as possible throughout the day. I suggest you try to eat with your retainer. It causes discomfort ...  Read Full »

What to do about gaps between teeth due to not wearing retainers?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my braces for two and a half years. Before lockdown, I removed my braces. Due to lockdown, I was unable to have my retainers. Now, I have developed some gaps between my teeth in these two months. I want to know whether anything will help me. Though my dentist has taken an impressio...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. I suggest you get your retainer as soon as possible. It helps in correcting the gaps that you are facing now. As it is an orthodontic treatment, nothing can be done at home. Maintain your oral hygiene. Use Betadine mouthwash for gargling. ...  Read Full »

Why do I feel that both sides of my teeth do not contact properly after wearing retainers?

Query: Hi doctor,Recently, I removed my braces and got my retainer. After a week, I started to realize that my bite became weird before getting my retainer. When I bit on both sides of my teeth, they did not come in contact at the same time. After getting my retainer too, I still faced the same problem. Wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Disha Kandi Yermal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the description, you seem to have improper occlusal contacts. I want to know about the fit of your retainer. Please mention whether it fits properly. In most cases, it is just the feeling of patients that they feel to have some different contacts during bitin...  Read Full »

Why are my teeth still uneven after wearing braces for two years?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to ask a question about my teeth. I currently have braces, and I have had them for two years. I am scheduled to have them removed in the coming month. However, I am worried as I do not think they are ready yet. My teeth are uneven in length, one side is higher up than the ot...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please be calm. Unfortunately, your picture is not getting opened, so I cannot predict the current situation. But I think if you are wearing retainers and elastics, they will probably give good results. So I suggest you either send the current clinical picture of the c...  Read Full »

Which is better to correct space between teeth, Invisalign or retainer?

Query: Hi doctor, I got braces off five years ago and hardly wore my retainer. I have a permanent retainer on two of my front teeth. Now, I have horrible overjet, spacing between canines and two front teeth and crowding on the bottom. Will I need braces? Or can I get Invisalign or even a better retainer? T...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There seems to have been a significant relapse of orthodontic treatment in the post treatment phase, which is not possible to solve though retainers alone (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Retainers are passive and cannot provide much of tooth movement by ...  Read Full »

Can fixed retainers be worn during scaling and root planing treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have just been told that I have gum disease and 3 mm to 6 mm pockets. And, my wisdom teeth have 8 mm pocket. I have braces on now and I am due to have them off next month. I need to get scaling and root planing treatment to treat my gum problems. Can I still wear a fixed retainer? I r...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can wear your fixed retainer without any problem. Also, you have to make sure that you use your removable retainer also for the next two to three years without any break. When you have periodontal problems, there is a high chance of spaces opening up between teet...  Read Full »

Will invisalign help in pushing my shifted teeth inside?

Query: Hello doctor, I used to have braces and lost my retainers a couple of months ago. My teeth got shifted and moved forward. I got new retainers made but my teeth have already shifted. Can I get an invisalign treatment only for a couple of months so my teeth can be pushed backward? And how much will t...  Read Full »


Dr. Akmal Abdelmalek

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Relapse is not uncommon following orthodontic treatment (braces) even after years that is why it is recommended to have spare retainers, permanent ones or if you are using removable retainers either a spare models kept at the orthodontist's office or the patient co...  Read Full »

How should I use Lidocaine to numb the pressure due to retainers?

Query: Hello doctor, I am trying to use Lidocaine spray to numb the pressure sensation I get from wearing my retainer. Could you please tell me how to properly use Lidocaine spray without numbing my whole mouth and tongue? I just want to target the lower jaw.  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I should recommend you revisit your Dentist to get it adjusted. The retainer might be too tight ,it should not be as tight to take a numbing spray (Lidocaine). For now if you are using a numbing spray there is no way you can stop numbing your tongue in as you cann...  Read Full »

Can I get permanent retainer after taking off braces for open bite?

Query: Hello doctor, Should I get a permanent retainer months after braces and use of a removable retainer? Part of my overbite has returned since I got my braces off due to tongue thrusting. Partly because I never wore my retainers as much as I should have. Can I get a permanent retainer at this point? ...  Read Full »


Dr. Disha Kandi Yermal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, you should wear your retainer regularly. Ideal position of teeth or occlusion which is obtained with the help of orthodontic treatment is maintained by regular use of orthodontic retainer. Use of orthodontic retainer is equally important and is part of ...  Read Full »

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