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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. .

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Dr. Gregory Johnson
Dentistry - Orthodontics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Gregory Johnson
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Gaps

Gaps may be just the tip of the iceberg.
What caused gaps? Bone loss? Malocclusion? Habit? Tooth size discrepancy? Closing one gap may open others. Much more challenging to do with removable appliance. See a specialist Orthodontist for an Initial Orthodontic Examination (usually free) and a discussion of treatment options.

In brief: Gaps

Gaps may be just the tip of the iceberg.
What caused gaps? Bone loss? Malocclusion? Habit? Tooth size discrepancy? Closing one gap may open others. Much more challenging to do with removable appliance. See a specialist Orthodontist for an Initial Orthodontic Examination (usually free) and a discussion of treatment options.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Ronald Heiber
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: By

By definition, a retainer holds the teeth in place and does not change them. The best way to find the simplest treatment for your problem would be to schedule an appointment with a specialist in orthodontics in your locale.
At that appointment your problem can be assessed, treatment appropriate to correct the problem discusses and arrangement with the office determined.

In brief: By

By definition, a retainer holds the teeth in place and does not change them. The best way to find the simplest treatment for your problem would be to schedule an appointment with a specialist in orthodontics in your locale.
At that appointment your problem can be assessed, treatment appropriate to correct the problem discusses and arrangement with the office determined.
Dr. Ronald Heiber
Dr. Ronald Heiber
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