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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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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How to know if i need a retainer or braces?

Depends...: If you are happy with how your smile looks and your teeth alignment a retainer will maintain your teeth in their current position. However if for any reason you believe your smile needs improvement, orthodontic treatment will be necessary. ...Read more

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Will I really need a retainer after my braces?

Will I really need a retainer after my braces?

Best insurance: Wearing retainers after braces is the best way to protect your investment in straightening your teeth. Your teeth are like every other part of your body, they tend to change over time. Simply wearing a retainer afterwards can prevent these undesirable changes. ...Read more

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How often is a retainer worn after braces come off?

How often is a retainer worn after braces come off?

Retainer wear: It depends on the type of treatment offered and how much your teeth moved when they were straightened. If your teeth were really crowded or spaced you will need to wear it more often. If the teeth were only slightly crooked or spaced then less often. A safe estimate would be 4 hours during the day and all night for a few months then night time only therafter but discuss this with your orthodontist. ...Read more

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Can braces and retainers actually do the same thing?

Can braces and retainers actually do the same thing?

No: Braces move individual teeth. Retainers are designed to hold teeth in position after braces. In rare instances, modified retainers can be done for minor tooth movement. ...Read more

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Can you explain what are the best type of retainers after braces?

Depends: Depends on your original problem, your level of compliance, and all the time and trouble your orthodontic specialist went to to diagnose your problem and establish a treatment plan that includes choice of retainers. Ask your orthodontist to explain the choice best for you. ...Read more

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After braces come off -- are retainers going to be really annoying?

No: patients wear them for years and years and years and do not have a problem. Indeed, most find they have trouble sleeping WITHOUT them! ...Read more

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I didn't get retainers after i got my braces off, should I have gotten some?

Retainers required : Supervised retention following orthodontic treatment is almost always required and a part of your treatment plan. At least for a period of time following active treatment, this usually means you need to wear removable or bonded retainers while bone hardens around teeth in their new positions. Also, some slight shifting of teeth as time passes is to be expected as you use them. ...Read more

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Lost my bottom retainer, is it possible to only have bottom braces again as long as im still using my top retainer?

Lost my bottom retainer, is it possible to only have bottom braces again as long as im still using my top retainer?

Depends: Teeth tend to return from their original position after completed orthodontic treatment if retaiers are not worn. I suggest you cotact your orthodontist and get his opinion on what to do for your lower teeth. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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