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Should I get braces again?

05/15/2009

Question:

I wore braces for 2 and a half years to fix an overbite and straighten my teeth. Afterwards, I got the clear retainers. I noticed, over time, my overbite came back a little. My orthodontist said that it may be because I wore them at night when I am more likely to grind my teeth. Now I`ve lost my retainers (it`s been about 3 weeks now) and I notice and feel my overbite increasing, as well as some space increase between teeth. Will retainers fix this or does it mean that I need braces again? And what range of cost would that be (w/o insurance)? And if I just get retainers, would it hold the position of the teeth I have now or would it move my teeth to make it straighter and close up some minor spaces?

Answer:

See your orthodontist immediately! The good news is that problems that arise quickly usually can be fixed quickly, but you need professional help. 

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Response by:

Mark G Hans, DDS, MSD Mark G Hans, DDS, MSD
Professor of Orthodontics
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University