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FAQ:  Tooth Movement - Shifting Teeth


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Dynamics of Shift - Movement

Question:
Hello , can you please tell me if a soft or hard plastic retainer worn at night while sleeping, will control my bottom teeth from shifting more. I had my 4 molars removed when I was 15, I am 45 now. My lower front teeth are getting crowded and uneven. Will a plastic guard control further movement if worn at night? ... Visitor from CT

Answer:
I of course can not see you and do not know how much crowding you have but in general:
A lower retainer can be made that will prevent teeth from shifting any further. An important consideration is how much bone is holding your teeth and what condition your gums are in.

If you are loosing bone support then the teeth will shift. Another thought is to have a lower retainer that puts active pressure on your teeth and will move your teeth into another position.

Talk to your dentist about this and they may refer you to an orthodontist. Best of luck

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