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How Long Do Braces Have To Be Worn
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?
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
Not if well fit: The milwaukee brace is a historic brace treatment for scoliosis. Generally this is offered for patients who have a curve less than 30°. There are other forms of braces. A well fitting brace does not hurt, nor interfere with sitting down. Historically, patients would wear a brace 23 hours a day. That is a long time! there are controversies with bracing – time in brace, and benefits. Specialty care. ...Read more
Ask ortho: The duration of treatment is based on a number of factors including the difficulty of the correction, the amount of tooth movement, what type of orthodontic biomechanics are required, and what types of appliances and devices are needed. Ask your orthodontic specialist to assess your needs and provide an estimated treatment time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends.: Depends what you mean by "bad." you may think they look ok enough. The dentist also looks at how your teeth and jaws actually function - how much wear, whether teeth positions prevent good cleaning, even whether teeth positions and jaw size and shape are interfering with good breathing, swallowing and sleeping. There's a lot more to it than just crowding. Treatment now may prevent problems later. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Need: For many of my patients, I do not need spacers, as i will not require the space to place a band. Modern orthodontics more and more uses a fully bonded appliance: no ring to go around a back tooth unless i need it for a special situation. Be happy if you do not get them, as your braces will be smaller and easier to clean. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Depends: This is difficult to answer without a complete set of dental and radiographic records. I am a pediatric dentrist and have an active orthodontic practice. The average case takes about 24 months;however, moving teeth in adults may take longer because the bone is denser. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: It depends on how long it takes to get your teeth in proper alignment so your jaw can be moved to the correct position. With surgery you need to have a good interlocking of your teeth in the new bite for proper stability. You need to discuss this with your Surgeon and Orthodontist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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