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Retainer Instead Of 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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
I have had braces and now having a retainer but one of them is quite loose. Help, what should I do?
Retainer: It would be best to call your doctor for an appointment in the next few days. ...Read more
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
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