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Can You Wear Retainers Without Wearing Braces
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
Not a good idea: Gum chewing can cause breakage of your braces, resulting in longer treatment time, more appointments to fix broken braces and may compromise your end result. Remember, every action has a consequence, take some time off of certain foods during your orthodontic treatment and then you can eat what ever you want when you are done. Enjoy your beautiful new smile! ...Read more
No: Orthodontic brushes are designed to maximize the patient's chances of effectively cleaning their braces. However, proper cleaning is a function of how effective the patient is in applying whatever brush he/she uses to remove plaque and debris, rather then the specific plaque removing device used. ...Read moreSee 10 more doctor answers
Definitely: Wearing braces without professional supervision can result in tooth damage, gum and bone loss that can lead to tooth loss, and even more serious problems if portions of the appliances become broken off and are swallowed or aspirated. This is a serious matter and should be taken as such. Call your orthodontist immediately. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
With limitations: Whether you are referring to a palatal expander or braces that create arch expansion, there are specific food limitations that your orthodontist will review with you to prevent appliance breakage and/or trapping food debris under appliances that could lead to gingival inflammation and discomfort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A sports mouthguard as well as other oral appliances(snore/sleep apnea, night guards, etc.), can be worn over crowns or caps. They can be made to fit normally and protect the teeth and gums. They also limit concussions. There could be a problem fitting an old appliance over a new crown because of changes in shape or size. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you don't wear your retainer for a while and your teeth get crooked, would wearing them straighten them out?
Lost ground: If movement minor, and you can get retainers to seat, you may be able to recover a portion of what has been lost, but not all. Wearing retainers intermittently can actually destabilize teeth. They must be worn as directed. If retainers don't fit, may require retreatment. In either case you owe it to yourself to call your orthodontist immediately and come clean. ...Read more
Ok to wear tape,wrap,brace,etc. for flat feet/overpronation when not wearing orthotics w shoes? What kind 2 wear? Can wear too much?
Russian Roulette: The moment you stop wearing retainers your teeth begin to destabilize. You can't truly make up for a screw-up. As Invisalign is less effective than braces in optimally repositioning teeth, they are more likely to shift after treatment. Wear your retainers as close to 24hrs/day as possible. Try to not go without. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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
Tongue ring: Tongue rings are one of those things that make little sense to me, why stick a spike thru your tongue with some artful little ball attached that almost no one will ever see and can cause many dental problems from broken teeth to fractured restorations to infection, not to mention numbness and possible extensive bleeding upon placement. Would not recommend doing it. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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