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Can A Retainer Fix An Overbite
Can invisalign correct overbite? If so, do 1 or 2 teeth need to be pulled out to make room to push the overbite back in? Also, how much the retainer post the alignment cost? Should the quoted price for the procedure include pulling out teeth and the ret
Limits: Aligners can reduce minimal overbite, but are statistically only about half as effective as braces. If extractions are required treatment may exceed the capabilities of clear aligners to resolve. Extraction Fee will be charged by the Dentist who does the extractions, ; it's not part of Orthodontic Fee. Retainers usually included in overall orthodontic fee. See Ortodontistic Specialist. ...Read more
See Orthodontist NOW: Assuming no damage to retainers, missing time in retainers can allow teeth to shift. If retainers damaged can cause teeth to shift. Not wearing retainers can allow further destabilization. Before things get worse see your orthodontic specialist for evaluation, retainer adjustment, or whatever may be necessary. ...Read more
ARGH!!!!!!!!!!: Don't do it. Retainers are custom made and finely honed. If you have a problem with your retainer, call your orthodontist immediately for an adjustment appointment. Take advantage of his/her 10+ years of training. The orthodontist knows what to do and the most efficient way to do it. If you try to do this yourself you can do irreparable damage to the retainer, your occlusion, or both. ...Read more
What type?: Horizontal overbite (buck teeth) or vertical overbite (deep bite) are treated differently. There are many orthodontic solutions depending on your problem. Please see qualified orthodontic specialist (ask general dentist for referral) who does nothing but orthodontic treatment all day long for an initial examination (usually free) do discuss your malocclusion and possible treatment choices. ...Read more
Plastic: Essix retainers are made from a thermal plastic. Using a model of your teeth, the plastic is heated and drawn down over the model to precisely fit your teeth, then trimmed and polished. Wear them nightly to keep your teeth looking great! ...Read more
Surg vrs non-surg: Surgical solution: cut down teeth and cap them. Gums may also have to be reshaped. Non-surgical solution: open the bite with orthodontic appliances. May need a combination of both. Talk to both your family dentist and a qualified orthodontic specialist for advice as to what would work best for your individual case. ...Read more
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 after ortho will stay where they need to be. As you get older your teeth want to move even if you didn't have orthodontics. Since you have had ortho then your teeth will want to move even more. ...Read more
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 damage the retainer. As for cleaning the retainer, I never recommend using alcohol because isopropyl alcohol is not for consumption. Most of my patients use mouthwash to soak/keep retainers clean (which can contail some alcohol). ...Read more
Not usually: Has to do with intensity ; duration. Most pacifiers are discontinued well before harm is done. Thumbs/fingers are worse. As an orthodontist I see much digit damage, almost no pacifier damage. See pediatric dental specialist now, orthodontist age 7. Try to wean child off pacifier age 2-3, and digits no later than age 4. Ask pedodontist for help. ...Read more
Possibly: Some patients are very sensitive to any bite changes, especially with retainers. If any part of the retainer is interfering with your bite, then it may cause the patient to brux or grind on that spot, leading to jaw tenderness and other symptoms. I frequently adjust retainers for such issues. Have your retainers checked to bite evenness by your orthodontist. ...Read more
It can: Depends on the overbite. You may also need button put on with the invisalign to allow for elastics to be worn to help get the movement needed. The best way to answer, however, is when an orthodontist can see your teeth live and in person-- without that none of us on the site and really give you a full answer. ...Read more
It depends: Some mild overbites can be reduced by proclining the lower dental arch, and /or retraction of upper anterior teeth if space permits. Your orthodontist is in the best position to answer your question based upon your records. ...Read more
Instructions?: This varies from individual to individual and from case to case. Your orthodontist should have given you some instructions upon completion of your case. Call him\her or ask your own general dentist for advice. It varies from a year to forever. ...Read more
Yes!!!: Skipping out on retainer wear will cause you more issues with your teeth later. Lack of consistent retainer wear will allow your teeth to drift away from their ideal positions. You will experience a tight (hurt) sensation with your retainers. Take advil (ibuprofen) and wear them until they fit like an old favorite pair of shoes. ...Read more
Retainer Cleaner: Regular brushing of the retainer with toothpaste helps, but a professional retainer cleaner can be helpful too. Ask you orthodontist which product they recommend. They usually have samples for you to try and determine if you like it prior to purchasing a product. In a pinch, hydrogen perioxide can be used to clean them by soaking them in a cup of it. Always rinse and brush them after soaking. ...Read more
No: An overbite is a vertical overlap of the top front teeth over the bottom. So it would make your face look shorter, more squat. An overjet is a horizontal protrusion of the upper front teeth that often accompanies a lateral collapse of the face--giving a person with a severe overjet a narrow "bird-like" appearance. Very common in persons with nasal difficulties, mouth-breathers while growing up. ...Read more
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