Hello. I have always had a little gap between my front teeth (the upper big ones). So I was thinking about wearing Hawley retainers, could they close a gap that is about 1.5 mm long? I don’t have any more problems with my teeth, and if it could help how long would it take to get at least a minor result (for example a 0,5mm moving)? This is urgent, so I would like you to reply as soon as possible. I don’t want to wear braces because they’re too expansive and they’re fixed onto my teeth and I don’t want something like that. Thank you.
Archive for the ‘retainers’ Category
I Have Had A Variety Of Orthodontics For Malocclusion Reasons. I Would Like Braces Again And Would Like To Know If My Gums Will Be Affected?Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Hi Dr Hughes, I’ve undergone orthodontics for an anterior cross bite and malocclusion as my front lower teeth are hitting my uppers. My front teeth are stripped and unfortunately by the end of the treatment my 1st molars are twisted up and so I have malocclusion at my back teeth. By the time I realised the inconvenience my upper braces are removed. I got my new upper braces again after this new doc was able to settle malocclusion at back but as the twisted teeth are straightened my front malocclusion is back again. Since I have less time because of marriage. I recently had my braces removed. Now it’s been 6 months after my braces removed and I want to have braces again. How will this effect my teeth and gum problems? How will I able to correct my occlusion without stripping my teeth? I need your advice please.
Good afternoon Dr Hughes. I am currently undergoing orthodontic treatment but will not be able to afford retainers due to hard times with my family at the moment. I would like for my teeth to stay straight and not shift back to what they used to look like. I’ve looked online for a long time looking for something that I could do that would keep my teeth in place after brace treatment. Would a night guard bought from a store work as a retainer? Is there any inexpensive product I can buy from a store that would work as a retainer? Please help, I get my braces taken off in a week’s time. Thank you in advance.
I Had Braces Treatment When I Was Young, But Threw Away My Retainers. Please Suggest To Me What I Should Do?Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Dear Dr Hughes. I am 20 years old. I got my orthodontics treatment done when I was in 13 years old. After my treatment my dentist gave me retainers. But I was young and immature and I threw away my retainers as it was difficult to speak while wearing them. But now, last year I noticed that my right side of mandible was a little bulkier than the left one. I got the X-rays all done and got to know that my mandible deviates from one side. As a temporary thing I had a fat transplant procedure. But I feel the fat is going away. Please suggest to me what I should do? I want the permanent treatment for the lifetime. Thanks.
I Had Braces When I Was Younger But Now My Teeth Have Relapsed. I Would Really Like Clear Braces. What’s My Next Step?Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Hi Mark. I’d like your help and advice if it’s possible. I had fixed braces when I was younger and I felt that the treatment was rushed and I never had them on long enough as they said I should they never take any of my teeth out. I don’t feel like I was told the important information regarding retainers and such. I would wear the plastic braces for rest of my life and to come back when they get tight etc. It’s getting me down and I’ve lost confidence in smiling. Can you give me some advice on where I can go next? Thank you.
Hello Andrew. I would like my front teeth to be straightened but I am not sure if the six month smile will be the right treatment for me. Do you have to have the brace tightened like with conventional braces and how much does it cost each time this is done? Also, how much will it cost to have a retainer fitted and will I have to wear it forever? If the brace is the same colour as the teeth, is there a danger that the brace will become stained by food and drink?
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Hi Andrew. Quick question for you – is it possible to have a permanent retainer fitted to rear of top teeth – one of which would be a crown? I feel my teeth are moving and before I go to dentist I wanted to check if this was in any way possible – I am scared to bite down on the front teeth – and it’s now affecting what I can and cannot eat? I should also point out that I have missing teeth – I basically have 10 top teeth with no gaps of which 5 are crowns. Any information would be great. Thank you for your time.
I Used To Have Braces But I Snapped My Retainers And My Teeth Relapsed. Can I Get Treatment A Second Time?Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Hi Dr Shaffie. I had my braces around 3 years ago but I have lost my retainers a year after wearing it and then got new ones, straight after, a couple of months later I have broke both my new retainers again and should of bought new ones but then my teeth moved all the way forward and to their normal positions. This has caused me jaw pains an I can feel my jaw widen again, also it is had to keep mouth shut, also I have an overbite, my teeth really irritate my gums causing it to be very uncomfortable. Would I be able to braces for free again at the age of 16? Thanks.
I’ve Noticed My Teeth Have Started To Overlap, Would A Retainer Worn At Night Halt The Teeth Overlapping Further?Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Hello Dr Hughes. I am 65 years old and have noticed that over the past few years, that the upper right teeth appear to be moving forward. I can see that now one front tooth appears to be beginning slightly to overlap in the middle. I do not want the tooth to move any further. At my age, I do not want to wear a permanent brace. My dentist thinks that a brace worn just at night may halt the teeth overlapping further. Would you kindly give me advice on this? Many thanks for your help.
I Currently Have Braces To Straighten My Teeth, But I Now Have Black Triangles On My Front Teeth. Can You Suggest Any Cosmetic Solutions Once My Braces Come Off?Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Hi there. I currently have braces to straighten my teeth but am expecting to have them removed in about 5 months. My teeth are now really straight but I now have “black triangles” on my upper 4 front teeth. My orthodontist intends to carry out some inter-proximal reduction but has told me this will not eliminate the problem entirely. Can you suggest any cosmetic solutions once my braces come off, bearing in mind I will be required to wear retainers full time initially?