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How long does it take for an overbite to go? Is a permanent retainer really necessary for me?

How long does it take for an overbite to go? Is a permanent retainer really necessary for me?

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 see an overbite expert, and orthodontist, for evaluation of your malocclusion and treatment options. You'll be glad you did. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Retainer (Definition)

Retainers are orthodontic appliances designed to minimize changes over time in your nice orthodontic result that you and your orthodontist have worked so hard for. Wear them as ...Read more


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Can a dental retainer improve an overbite?

No: Orthodontic retainers are use to hold teeth in their position. Dental appliances can move teeth. To improve an overbite orhtodontics were the teeth have braces on them is your best choice to improve an overbite. ...Read more

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For my overbite to be corrected, would I have to get braces or just wear a retainer, what to do?

For my overbite to be corrected, would I have to get braces or just wear a retainer, what to do?

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 are a good candidate for braces or retainer. ...Read more

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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

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

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Retainer pain help?

Retainer pain help?

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

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Can u fix your own overbite?

No: Not without help. An overbite is a skeletal (boney) problem and needs an experts help. You can help by following the directions of your dentist/orthodontist during treatment. ...Read more

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How can you fix an overbite?

Ortho Consultation: There are many options for correcting an overbite in an adult. They all require orthodontic treatment along with other modalities (e.g. elastics, springs, etc). I would suggest that you have an orthodontic consult. ...Read more

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How can I file my retainers?

How can I file my retainers?

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

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What is used to correct an overbite?

What is used to correct an overbite?

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

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What is essix retainer material made of?

What is essix retainer material made of?

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

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Have a 5mm overbite. What are my options.

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

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Should I be worried that I have not worn my retainers properly in a while?

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

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Can alcohol damage a retainer?

Can alcohol damage a retainer?

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

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Is overbite caused by pacifier?

Is overbite caused by pacifier?

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

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Do retainers have any effect on tmj?

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

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Will invisilign correct an overbite?

Will invisilign correct an overbite?

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

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Do metal retainers wear away enamel?

Do metal retainers wear away enamel?

Enamel wear: I have never seen that happen and I have been in practice almost 30 years (assuming you are not chewing on the metal trying to destroy your teeth). ...Read more

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Is a double bonded retainer optional?

Retainers not option: Having retainers are not optional. What type of retainers are best depends on your case and should be discussed with your orthodontist. ...Read more

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Can III box elastics fix an overbite?

Nope: Box elastics are usually used to close an open bite. Sounds like you need to see a qualified orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation and discussion of effective treatment options. ...Read more

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Why do people have to wear a retainer?

Why do people have to wear a retainer?

Most common reason: The most common reason is to help your teeth stay retained in their new positions after wearing braces. They also used for minor orthodontic problems. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Slight overbite, do I need extractions?

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

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How long do I have to wear my retainer?

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

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Is it ok to wear a retainer while sick?

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

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How to clean retainer on a school trip?

How to clean retainer on a school trip?

Carefully: Sorry, couldn't resist the bad joke. Take it out and carefully and gently brush it every time you brush your teeth. ...Read more

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What occurs if I don't wear my retainer?

Bad stuff: Everyone is different but if you do not wear your retainer please expect teeth to move. If you were to lose weight by adating to a new diet what would happen if you started eating pizza and fries? ...Read more

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Could I fix my overbite without surgery?

Possibly...: Only a local orthodontist who can actually examine you can give you the answers you seek. Make the call... ...Read more

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How can I get the smell out of retainers?

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

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Can an overbite make your face look narrow?

Can an overbite make your face look narrow?

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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I lost my retainer. How can I get a new one?

Talk to dentist: Go to the dentist and explain what happened. He/she will be happy to make you a new one. ...Read more

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Can a regular dds fix my permanent retainer?

Can a regular dds fix my permanent retainer?

Maybe: Some general dentists offer orthodontic services too. Call and ask if they repair appliances before you make an appointment. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Overbite (Definition)

A malocclusion of the teeth in which the front upper incisor and canine teeth project over the lower. ...Read more