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Wearing old retainer after four years...



i once wore braces and wore my retainer regulary for less that the time that i should have. i have recently noticed that my two front teeth have gotten slightly crooked.i was wondering if it is still ok to wear my retainer after i have not done so in the past four years. if i do so will they negatively effect my teeth?


If you can re-insert your retainer and it seats all the way, there would be no harm in doing so. I suggest , however, if it does not fit well, that you revisit your orthodontist. He could take a new impression and make a removable aligner that would create the desired results.

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Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS
Professor Emeritus - Clinical, Associate of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University