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Clear Aligner Oder Invisalign
Management decision: Both can be used to great avail to produce excellent results. It comes down to each orthodontic specialist's decision regarding personal preference. Clear braces can look good or less than ideal in different situations. Clear are a bit more uncomfortable to remove in "my opinion.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are clear plastic trays designed to tip your teeth into improved alignment. They are extremely esthetic, and must be worn >22 hours/day to be effective. They are not a braces substitute, are only about 60% as effective, take longer, are more expensive, and don't provide as much post-treatment stability. See an Orthodontic ...Read more
Types of Braces: Metal "speed" braces are a brand of "self ligating" braces. Clear ceramic/crystalline braces are more esthetic. It is most important to select the orthodontic specialist that you believe will treat you best as opposed to picking the type of braces. Normally, metal vs clear brackets work similarly. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Wrong person: You're asking the wrong person. The person that knows you, your original malocclusion, and your retention requirements is your Specialist Orthodontist. Orthodontists are trained to help you choose the retainer type that best fits your Orthodontic requirements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Relapse, will invisalign or a removable appliance move my teeth back? Pics w/ phone - webcam
Not diagnostic: Your picture indicates upper and lower anterior crowding. What is not discernible is the amount of bone support. Straightening teeth with inadequate bone support is doomed to failure. Fixed appliances may be necessary. With your history once a solution is found, aggressive post-correction retention will be mandatory. See a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Yes and no: A slurry of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda brushed an the teeth twice daily can lighten your teeth superficially and help to remove surface staining. But don't expect a dramatic change. If you want that hollywood white smile you can't go wtong with professional whitening from a dentists office. Make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy prior to getting this done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I wore my 3rd invisalign tray for 7 weeks brushing with toothpaste/water until my retainers arrive. could this worn out my tray making less effective?
Possibly: Invisalign trays are designed beware for 2 weeks. Retainers should be available in a week to 10 days from the time impressions are taken or from theme they are ordered to match the end result of your last trays. Trays can deform or break over time. If you are concerned, please return to your treating Dentist or Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Both ceramic and metal braces are noticeable, the ceramic less so. Braces move your lips forward about a tenth of an inch until they are removed. As your teeth/jaws are aligned, your smile will broaden become more symmetric, and more pleasing. It's worth it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not equivalent: Traditional braces are still the gold standard, best result in shortest time. Clear aligners are only about half as effective as braces, with higher risk of relapse because of inability to ideally position roots in supporting bone. They are also not effective for complex issues. Lingual braces take longer, are harder to get used to, and "finishing" can be a challenge. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?
NTI not a retainer: An nti appliance is normally used in patients with symptoms of tmd, and by virtue of it preventing back tooth contact, can shut down facial muscle activity that is causing pain in many instances. It is not a long term appliance as it can lead to uncontrolled back tooth eruption that can create other problems. Ask your dental professional for clarification of its purpose in your case. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
I can't find my bottom metal retainers. Is it okay if I use my clear whitening molds as retainers?
Not the same: Using your "whitening mold" as retainers is a good temporary fix. They are better than wearing nothing at all, however, they will not hold your teeth in proper position long term as they are made from more flexible material and have reserve spaces to hold the whitening gel. To keep your teeth from drifting out if position have your orthodontist made you a new set of retainers. ...Read more
Yes you can: Please make sure you consider the service, not the gadget. The answer to your question is "probably," depending on your diagnosis and treatment requirements. The best person to answer this question as it applies to your individual problem set is a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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