What Can I Use Instead of a Retainer?

FAQs Jackson Bowman August 17, 2022

How can I make a homemade retainer?

How quickly can teeth shift without a retainer?

The first three months are critical and teeth are most likely to shift during this phase. During this time, a week without your retainer can result in minor shifts. Your retainer may feel a little firmer on your teeth when you put it back in.

How do I stop my teeth from shifting without a retainer?

How do you make a temporary retainer at home?

Can I just buy a retainer?

There are many online services that create high quality and affordable retainers, including retainers from Hawley and Essix. To order a retainer online, first order an impression kit. Then you can take impressions of your teeth at home and send them back to the company who will custom make your retainers in a dental laboratory.

Can I use a mouthguard as a retainer?

If you have a hard nightguard that is properly fitted to your teeth, it can act as a retainer, but a soft nightguard will not prevent your teeth from shifting

Is it OK to not wear retainer for 2 weeks?

If you skip or lose your retainer for a week, it’s possible that a minor relapse will occur. As we have said before, without a retainer, the teeth can move back to their original position to provide guidance and pressure.

Can I go a month without my retainer?

Not wearing a retainer for a month can cause your teeth to move back into their natural position. In just a week, depending on how recently you’ve had orthodontic treatment, your teeth will start shifting.

Can I go 3 days without my retainer?

Once your teeth have become more firmly established, you may find that you can’t wear your retainers for a few days and they still fit. It’s a good idea to wear them at least 3 times a week while you sleep to ensure they fit properly.

Can I straighten my teeth with my fingers?

Teeth have roots surrounded by ligaments that hold your teeth firmly in your gum line. If you try to straighten your own teeth, you can put too much stress on those roots and ligaments. This can cause the roots to break off or press on the ligaments too hard, potentially killing a tooth.

Is it normal for teeth to wiggle a little?

Are teeth naturally a little wobbly? Well, yes, all teeth are a bit wobbly due to periodontal ligament fibers. These are wrapped around your tooth root. However, any loosening over 1 millimeter is a sign of concern.

Can you buy a retainer online?

It is possible to order custom retainers online. “I would say people go for it because it’s cheaper since you’re not going to a licensed professional to get your stuff,” says Garrison-Jeter. There are several orthodontic companies that sell braces directly to consumers on their websites.



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