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Can I Wear Retainers Instead Of Braces
Yes : The nice thing about invisalign retainers is that you will get 4 for the upper and 4 for the lowers jaw. They are called viveras. No big deal if you lose one or two. This set should last you about 5-7 years. They generally cost less to fabricate than traditional retainers because a computer makes them verses hand made by a lab technician. In my office it it the retainer of choice. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
"braces" are specialized orthodontic appliances used to correct malocclusions or inccorrect bites. Braces components include brackets (glued on to the front of the tooth), wires, and possibly bands around the molar teeth. They are generally made of stainless steel, but can be made of ceramic, plastic, titanium, or even gold plated. Invisalign is an alternative ...Read more
Can Invisalign intrude and extrude teeth or only align them? I'd don't want to wear wire braces, but I need intrusion of my front teeth.
To some extent: Braces are still the gold standard. Clear Aligners are not as effective as braces in many movements in addition to rotational alignment. See a qualified Orthodontic Specialist rather Ghana GP. They do treatment better,master, and with more competence. Consider clear braces as a better alternative. If you insist on Aligners, have it done by a fully qualified professional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i get a retainer instead of braces? I have some gaps in my teeth and i read that sometimes a retainer can shift the teeth into the right place without braces.
It : It is possible to make minor corrections with retainers. Since every person is unique it would be necessary to see an orthodontist for an evaluation. There are many options today for treating malocclusions, including invisalign aligners. Make sure you see a specialist in orthodontics who has completed their education at an accreditated university. Dr. Johnson is a board certified orthodontist - this means he has gone the extra step in a certification process that demonstrates the orthodontist's pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm using retainers now. if i tell invisalign to make my contacts tighter with a new pair of retainers and only like bottom tray, do i only use bottom?
Should i apply the gel inside my invisalign retainers instead of buying a mouthguard just for teeth whitening?
Sure if....: The whitening gel was supplied by your dentist. I always have my patients whiten their teeth while using invisalign. Their vivera retainers fit well and results are great. Your dentist can dispense the correct strength of whitener (depending upon when you will bleach -- ie. Daytime or overnight). They will also explain the exact placement and removal procedure of the whitening solution. ...Read moreSee 10 more doctor answers
One tooth Ortho?: Retainers 'retain' or hold teeth in their existing position (following orthodontic treatment). Some 'retainer-like' removable appliances are used for minor tooth movement. See an orthodontist who can evaluate your particular situation and discuss your options- removable appliance? Invisalign? Conventional braces? Other non-orthodontic methods? Combinations? ...Read more
No : Well designed retainers are designed to retain teeth in their current position. It takes specific orthodontic appliances (invisalign) or brackets, wires and bands to orthodontically move (straighten) your teeth. See a dentist or orthodontist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Treatment varies according to your personal need. You may need elastics the whole time you're in braces, or you may not need elastics at all' or anything in between. Your treatment requirements are unique, and only your orthodontist will know what treatment is planned for you. Ask your orthodontist. ...Read more
NO: First, placing anything inside your aligners will probably change the fit of the aligners and therefore affect its precise function. Secondly I would suggest whitening your teeth AFTER all orthodontic movement is completed. Finally, ask your own dentist at that time what would be the smartest method to use to whiten your teeth. Whitening strips have limitations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I removed braces, but I didn't wear my retainers regularly, there had been shifting in my teeth. I'm hoping if I can use spring retainers to correct?
After braces are removed, how long is the retainer worn? I know that i'll have to wear a retainer for some time after my braces are removed. How long do most people have to wear a retainer?
Should i wear a mouth guard for my braces while i play soccer and are there mouth guards that are compatible for braces with elastics?
Absolutely: Better a live chicken than a dead duck. Wear orthodontic mouthguard for all contact sports (including soccer). Your orthodontist will have one for you. Do not wear the otc warm-up kind as these prevent tooth movement, therefore no braces progress. I've seen many tooth/lip/cheek injuries from soccer w no mouth guard, so ask your orthodontic specialist for help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: I'm assuming you're talking about abrasion of the root surfaces of your teeth where the root "dentin" becomes exposed. I would be very careful about expanding your smile too much, the potential for increased root sensitivity, increased bite forces that might worsen the condition, etc. This is a job for your dentist or orthodontist to watch out for, though. Other that that, you should be fine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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