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Retainers

11/19/2008

Question:

Good evening, my question to you is: is it possible to straighten my teeth with either hawley or essix retainers? The condition is not like over/under bite, or total gapping, just a little crowding. What is the cost of these retainers for both top and bottom?

Answer:

It may be possible to do this with what is called envisaging which is a series of plastic trays that you would wear full time except to eat. Hawley retainers hold the teeth but do not move them. I cannot answer questions about fees since it would depend on the severity of the problem. All orthodontists would discuss fees before embarking on treatment.

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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