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Can I wear a retainer instead of braces?

02/14/2007

Question:

I had braces 2 years ago for about 1 year. When i got them taken out I was given a retainer to wear, i wore this for a few months and then stopped. My teeth are going back to normal and im not happy with my look. Could I go to my dentist and get another retainer to recover my teeth even though it`s been 2 years since I had braces or would I have to go through the whole process again? please get back to me.

Answer:

Certainly you need to go back to the orthodontist to evaluate how much change has occurred. It may be that a retainer will be enough or he may need to construct an aligner. In either case, you will need to wear the appliance 21 out of 24 hours to affect a change so be prepared for that.

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Response by:

Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS Walter C Buchsieb, DDS, MS
Professor Emeritus - Clinical, Associate of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University