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can you wear retainers without wearing braces

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Usually a month: If you need to go past that for holding position of the teeth, then you need a functional othopedic applliance.
Dr. S. jay Bowman
35 years experience Orthodontics
Long-term: "retention is a life-time commitment to periodic wear of retention devices." age changes us - that includes your teeth. Only way to prevent change i ... Read More

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Why not?: Best way to stabilize orthodontic results are retainers. There are many different designs. Second best is wire bonded to the tongue side of your tee ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Teeth shift some: But will not be nearly as bad .Most people end up not wearing retainer like they should at night. Sometimes braces are needed again.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Ortho relapse: It is possible that you will have a relapse, many people do. We can't predict how much change there will be in your bite. How does your retainer fi ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Ortho retention: You have two choices. Either see the Orthodontist to correct the shifting of the teeth and then commit to wearing the retainers as recommended or..... ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
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Forever: It is the answer no one wants to hear, but i always tell patients before orthodontic treatment is initiated. Teeth move throughout life. People who ne ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience Pediatrics
Frequently: Depending on the correction to the teeth, many orthodontists fit you with a retainer you must wear in order for the teeth not to go back to their orig ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Midline shift: Have you had regular dental care in the time since you had your braces? What kind of dental treatment have you had? Do you have jaw pain or clicking ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Methven
19 years experience Dentistry
It may be fine : If your dentist has to do some minor movements you may be a good candidate for Invisalign express. It's fairly inexpensive compared to getting new br ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Dimassa
Specializes in Orthodontics
Our : Our normal protocol is retainer wear for the first year all the time, night time for the second year, and a few nights per week as long as you want th ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Victor Negrete
Specializes in Dentistry
Wear them!: For the first year you should wear them all night and as much as possible during the day. Your teeth are genetically programmed into the position in y ... Read More
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