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    Old 03-14-2005, 02:54 PM   #1
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    Retainer and tooth

    One of my teeth has been feeling just a little loose for a while, and I had a question. I wear a retainer at night, and sometimes I'll either fall asleep and not put it on until real late (like at 4 in the morning), and other times I'll fall asleep and forget to put it in at all. My question is, could this be why my tooth feels a little loose? It seems to be firmer when I remember to wear my retainer, so could it be that since I'm forgetting to put it in that my tooth gets loose? And will starting to wear it regularly again fix the problem? Thanks in advance.

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    Old 03-14-2005, 10:04 PM   #2
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    Re: Retainer and tooth

    Now wearing your retainer may be the problem, but I would make sure to talk to your dentist about it in the near future. Retainers are used to prevent teeth from shifting after orthodontics are removed. Sometimes the ligaments and bone around the tooth are slow to adapt to the new position, particularly if the braces were not left on for several months after final correction. If the tooth is not completely set in its new position it will have a tendancy to shift. If you don't wear your retainer the ligaments holding your tooth loosen. After you wear your retainer your ligaments are not as loose. Think about staying perfectly still for hours like travelling in a car or being out for a bit doing light exercise or stretching. Your ligaments and muscles are much tighter and stiffer after being very still than if you had been moving around or stretching. Over time, if you wear your retainer you hope that the structures supporting your teeth adapt to the new position and won't be as likely to shift.

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