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What increases my risk for malocclusion after braces?

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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Retainers

If you don't wear your retainers, your teeth will begin moving.
I recommend to my patients that they wear their retainers 24/7 for the first 4-6 months after removing the braces, then at night indefinitely. Once you stop wearing your retainers, your teeth can and most likely, will begin moving.

In brief: Retainers

If you don't wear your retainers, your teeth will begin moving.
I recommend to my patients that they wear their retainers 24/7 for the first 4-6 months after removing the braces, then at night indefinitely. Once you stop wearing your retainers, your teeth can and most likely, will begin moving.
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
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Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Lose retainer

Once orthodontic treatment has been completed, your teeth should be aligned properly.
Your orthodontist or general dentist will have discussed with you various retention options (fixed vs. Removable). When a patient ask how long will they need to wear their retainers? I tell them as long as they'd like their teeth to stay straight. So not wearing your retainer & trauma will increase your risk.

In brief: Lose retainer

Once orthodontic treatment has been completed, your teeth should be aligned properly.
Your orthodontist or general dentist will have discussed with you various retention options (fixed vs. Removable). When a patient ask how long will they need to wear their retainers? I tell them as long as they'd like their teeth to stay straight. So not wearing your retainer & trauma will increase your risk.
Dr. Stanley Siu
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 2 major reasons

1. If mediocre or poor treatment is done, you will still have a malocclusion.
It is rare, but happens; in fact many times it is due to poor cooperation with such things as elastic rubber bands. 2. The most common reason for malocclusions secondary to braces is poor to no cooperation with retainers. My colleague is right: if you want your teeth to stay straight, wear your retainers as instructed.

In brief: 2 major reasons

1. If mediocre or poor treatment is done, you will still have a malocclusion.
It is rare, but happens; in fact many times it is due to poor cooperation with such things as elastic rubber bands. 2. The most common reason for malocclusions secondary to braces is poor to no cooperation with retainers. My colleague is right: if you want your teeth to stay straight, wear your retainers as instructed.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. David Schleimer
Oh, and I forgot to mention latent jaw growth after braces are complete.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Orthodontic retainer

Teeth naturally tend to drift out of place, even after treatment with braces.
You always need a retainer to stabilize your teeth after having braces.

In brief: Orthodontic retainer

Teeth naturally tend to drift out of place, even after treatment with braces.
You always need a retainer to stabilize your teeth after having braces.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Depends

On if you wear your retainer.
If yes, than very, very limited if at all. If you don't wear it, potentially high.

In brief: Depends

On if you wear your retainer.
If yes, than very, very limited if at all. If you don't wear it, potentially high.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: 2 reasons

1. Poor cooperation during treatment (as with poor hygiene causing gum inflammation which destabilizes teeth, insufficient elastic wear, etc) and after treatment (less than fully compliant retainer wear).
Re-rx may be required. 2. Aberrant growth. About 1.5-3% of people have uneven jaw growth after braces are removed. After growth ceases re-rx may be required.

In brief: 2 reasons

1. Poor cooperation during treatment (as with poor hygiene causing gum inflammation which destabilizes teeth, insufficient elastic wear, etc) and after treatment (less than fully compliant retainer wear).
Re-rx may be required. 2. Aberrant growth. About 1.5-3% of people have uneven jaw growth after braces are removed. After growth ceases re-rx may be required.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Retention is

Retention is a life-time commitment to periodic wear of retention devices.
Teeth change throughout life, it's a naturally-occurring process. Wear retainers to hold only the teeth you want to keep straight . . . How about all of them?

In brief: Retention is

Retention is a life-time commitment to periodic wear of retention devices.
Teeth change throughout life, it's a naturally-occurring process. Wear retainers to hold only the teeth you want to keep straight . . . How about all of them?
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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