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Can a Retainer Straighten Teeth?

People wear retainers for a multitude of reasons. Some wear them strictly as night guards to protect their teeth from the damaging effects of grinding. Others wear them to prevent their teeth from shifting after having their orthodontics (braces) removed. Given the cost of braces, people naturally wonder, can you straighten teeth with a retainer? We're here to answer this question and provide solutions that meet your needs and budget!

Can a fixed retainer straighten teeth?

Can retainers correct teeth? Yes. Can a fixed retainer straighten teeth? No. Fixed retainers are simply incapable of applying the steady force that's required to reposition your teeth majorly. The primary purpose of fixed retainers is to prevent your teeth from shifting after you've removed your braces. Since they are designed to simply hold your teeth in place, they don’t apply enough force to straighten them by moving them. 

Can you re-straighten teeth with a retainer?

The short answer is no, not unless you have had braces before. After having had their braces removed, most people are given a removable retainer to wear every night. This retainer, like a fixed one, is used to prevent your teeth from shifting back out of alignment. If you forget to use it for several days or maybe even weeks, your teeth will likely shift very slightly. In this instance, can wearing a retainer move your teeth back to their original position? Yes, you can try using your old retainer to re-straighten your teeth to where the braces had aligned them. Be careful, though, that your retainer isn’t causing you pain or discomfort. They are both indications that your teeth have probably moved too far out of alignment for you to keep using the old retainer. In that case, and if the retainer isn’t fitting snugly anymore, we recommend consulting your dentist.

Use a retainer to maintain your teeth straight

Whether you naturally have straight teeth or have used braces to obtain them, you want to preserve their alignment. A removable invisible retainer is the best choice for keeping your teeth straight. When your teeth are aligned, they are not only nicer to look at, but it’s also easier for you to keep them clean. Good oral hygiene is paramount for protecting your teeth from periodontal diseases and also helps with having nice smelling breath.

Use Knight Guard invisible orthodontic retainer to preserve your teeth’s alignment

The Knight Guard's collection of convenient, Australian-made night guards protect your teeth while you enjoy a good night's rest. Our night guards are both an effective and affordable defence against teeth moving and grinding against each other. The impressive results of our retainers are made possible by our quality materials and unique impression process, which allows us to custom-fit each night guard to suit each user. The outdated boil and bite guards are incapable of offering the comfortable and protective fit provided by our retainers.

There are many benefits to ordering from The Knight Guard, including multiple payment options (such as Visa and Mastercard credit cards, PayPal, Afterpay, and ZipMoney), a 7-day money-back guarantee and deliveries straight to your door. If you'd like to learn more about how it works or have any questions for us, please feel free to complete our enquiry form.

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