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Instead of buying new retainers, can I just use invisalign?

Instead of buying new retainers, can I just use invisalign?

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 more

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Dr. Lori Semel
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Braces (Definition)

"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


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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.

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 more

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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. .

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.


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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 more

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Can adults get clear braces instead of metal braces?

Can adults get clear braces instead of metal braces?

Absolutely!: Indeed most of the folks we treat with the clear braces are our adult patients. ...Read more

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Should i apply the gel inside my invisalign retainers instead of buying a mouthguard just for teeth whitening?

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 more

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My teeth are straight except for one of the top front teeth. Can I use a retainer or need braces?

My teeth are straight except for one of the top front teeth. Can I use a retainer or need braces?

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

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I wear Invisalign retainers. Can I not get Perio Protect?

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I wear Invisalign retainers.  Can I not get Perio Protect?

PP is not needed: Proper upkeep and good oral hygiene are essential in keeping your teeth and gums healthy during Invisalign treatment. If done thoroughly, no Perio Protect is needed. ...Read more

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Can i wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

Can i wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

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 more

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How long would you wear elastic bands with braces for!?

How long would you wear elastic bands with braces for!?

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

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Can i wear teeth-whitening-strips under Invisialign Aligners? Thanks.

Can i wear teeth-whitening-strips under Invisialign Aligners? Thanks.

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 more

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Can i put braces even if i wear dentures?

Can i put braces even if i wear dentures?

Dentures-Braces: It is very common to have braces and an opposing denture at the same time. Sometimes it is necessary to correct the alignment of teeth in order to achieve greater retention and function of an opposing denture. ...Read more

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Can I use cotton instead of dental wax for a poking wire of my braces?

Can I use cotton instead of dental wax for a poking wire of my braces?

Would not: it will not stay in place like wax will and will not be as comfortable. they sell wax for a couple of bucks at most supermarkets-- just go get some ...Read more

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Is everyone supposed to wear dental retainers before braces are applied?

Is everyone supposed to wear dental retainers before braces are applied?

Probably Not: Orthodontic retainers help keep the position of your teeth after moving your teeth. If you haven't moved your teeth, then there's no real reason to wear a retainer. ...Read more

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Can i wear braces with fixed bridge?

Can i wear braces with fixed bridge?

Braces and bridgewor: Yes. Although your orthodontist may have trouble keeping the braces attached as it is challenging to keep braces glud to metal and/or porcelain. ...Read more

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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? .

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?


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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 the teeth to stay straight---usually forever. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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I have toothbrush abrasion, can I wear a retainer or braces?

I have toothbrush abrasion, can I wear a retainer or braces?

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 more

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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