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Can a retainer fix an overbite

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 years experience
Can't tell: Please call an orthodontist in your area and have him evaluate your bite, a specialist in this area is best suited to make this decision, if you have ... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
What?: By "go" do you mean "get worse"? If so, that's an ongoing process. Permanent retainers have hygiene issues. Before committing to treatment, please ... Read More

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
Dentistry 9 years experience
No: Orthodontic retainers are use to hold teeth in their position. Dental appliances can move teeth. To improve an overbite orhtodontics were the teeth... Read More
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Yes, but...: The term "overbite" means different things to different people. If it's a true overbite, where the upper teeth excessively overlap the lower teeth, th... Read More
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes: In a growing child, intercepting an "overbite" is excellent preventative treatment that often can avoid comprehensive orthodontic treatment involving ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Braces: Retainers retain, they hold things where they are. To move teeth you need orthodontic treatment, and braces are far and away the best treatment appli... Read More
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See an Orthodontist: Many orthodontists offer an initial consultation for free. A free consultation allows you to find out what type of treatment is recommended and if you... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Chapman
Orthodontics 35 years experience
Advil (ibuprofen): Sounds like you have not been wearing your retainer as much as you should. Mash it on, take advil (ibuprofen) and let time help. Your teeth will ret... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Are you a dentist ?: If so, it may be possible. If you are not, it is impossible. You have neither the skills, equipment, supplies, or instruments to be successful. Most h... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
Dentistry 48 years experience
Please don't: Your orthodontist provided the retainer. The dr.Knows what to do and should be doing it.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
See an orthodontist: I would say that either orthodontics and possibly oral surgery may be needed to correct the overbite.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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Get Ortho consults: We usually suggest that our patients have 3 consults to hear the various philosophies that orthodontists may have. That way, you can decide what the b... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chad Gretzula
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: Yes, by not wearing your retainers your teeth will move over time. Retainers are a life long function to maintain that where your teeth ended up afte... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Orthodontics 30 years experience
Usually Not: I'm not sure if your asking whether drinking alcoholic beverages or soaking your retainers in alcohol will damage your retainers. Drinking will not da... Read More

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