Can retainers "tweek" the teeth?

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Can retainers "tweek" the teeth?

#1 Post by hal2me » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:56 am

Hello!

Tuesday I am getting debanded. My bottom teeth are not completely straight. I am wondering if I will have to prolong my time in braces, or can the orthodontist "tweak" my teeth with the retainer.

Has any experienced this?

Thanks!

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#2 Post by haywire » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:07 am

i don't have experience with this, but yes they can
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#3 Post by hypocrite opportunist » Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:39 am

Yes they can, although I've heard they can't get them "perfect" with a retainer, so you may want to keep the braces on a little longer.
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#4 Post by bbsadmin » Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:45 am

Mainly with a Hawley retainer. Not so much with a clear Essix retainer.
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#5 Post by evilnel » Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:04 pm

I have been wondering that too. I have one tooth that is slightly tilted inward, but you can't tell just looking at it because it's one of my premolars (I can just tell because of running my tongue over the back of my teeth). I also have a TEENY TINY space between two bottom teeth. I am wondering if they can do this. I guess I'll ask on Monday when I go to my appointment. I'd love to get them off, but I decide that if they can't fix that with the retainer that I'm going to keep them on. I'm paying a lot, so I want them as close to perfect as possible!

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#6 Post by dangerdude » Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:54 pm

There was someone on here with a gap on their two front teeth. The ortho used a retainer instead of braces.

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#7 Post by evilnel » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:00 pm

That's pretty reassuring. My space really is tiny--you can't see it standing at a normal distance from me, only on really close up pics or examination.

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#8 Post by drrick » Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:48 pm

bbsadmin wrote:Mainly with a Hawley retainer. Not so much with a clear Essix retainer.
Thats incorrect.

I do lots of tweaking with essix rets.
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#9 Post by VA5 » Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:43 pm

drrick wrote:
bbsadmin wrote:Mainly with a Hawley retainer. Not so much with a clear Essix retainer.
Thats incorrect.

I do lots of tweaking with essix rets.
So can you do tweaking with both the hawley and the essix? Which one is better for that? Is there a difference between the two for retention power?
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#10 Post by TumbleDryLow » Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:41 am

My upper and lower Essex were/are tweaking 3 teeth. However, my teeth were straight (to my untrained eye) when my braces were removed. Whatever tweaking was being done was minor, I think.

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#11 Post by drrick » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:13 am

A 'tweaking' essix is basically 1 invisalign tray.
It works.

As far as hawly vs essic for tweaking -- you can typically do a bit more with a hawley but if it is really minor essix works fine.

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#12 Post by hal2me » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:46 am

Thanks for all your responses! Maybe I will be free of my braces tomorrow after all!

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