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Do plates retainers help straighten teeth?

Do plates retainers help straighten teeth?

Not really: Retainers retain, they hold teeth where they are. There are removable orthodontic devices that have some limited tooth movement capabilities, but they are only moderately capable of correction. Best advice, see an orthodontist who has many different ways available to help you resolve your problem. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Would a retainer slightly straighten teeth?

Would a retainer slightly straighten teeth?

RETAIN - er: A retainer is designed to retain teeth in their final position after orthodontic care has been completed. You may need an appliance that actively moves teeth, and that may be possible in your situation. Consult with a local orthodontist for your options. ...Read more

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Can my retainer re-straighten my teeth after i stopped wearing it for a while?

Can my retainer re-straighten my teeth after i stopped wearing it for a while?

Depends: It really depends on the period that you did not wear the retainers, if the retainer fits tight or with some difficulty , it might work, your teeth well be sore for a while. In longer periods you might need a little adjustment, or a new retainer, or even in severe cases new braces all over again. You dentist well be able to tell you. ...Read more

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Can i wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

Can i wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

No : Well designed retainers are designed to retain teeth in their current position. It takes specific orthodontic appliances (invisalign) or brackets, wires and bands to orthodontically move (straighten) your teeth. See a dentist or orthodontist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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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 more

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What appliances are used to straighten teeth?

What appliances are used to straighten teeth?

In the US: Best option, braces, over 90% improvement. 2nd choice is any of the removable or semi-removable appliances! including clear aligners, with about a 50% or less improvement outcome. Treatment in the hands of a specialist is more successful than in the hands of a generalist. Success has more to do with the training, skill, and experience of the practitioner than in the type of gadget. ...Read more

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What can I do to straighten teeth and widen palate?

What can I do to straighten teeth and widen palate?

Palatal expander: Patients above 15 years of age require surgical assistant to expand their bones. Braces alone will tip the teeth and will not be stable. ...Read more

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How can I straighten my teeth if i've already had 10 years of orthodontia?

How can I straighten my teeth if i've already had 10 years of orthodontia?

Caution: Your situation is thankfully quite rare. The average duration of orthodontic treatment is 2-3 years. Seeking a second opinion with a licensed orthodontic specialist would be a first step to determine what more treatment you could even require. ...Read more

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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