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How to [Floss] Your Permanent Retainer

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Anyone who understands what wearing braces for years has experienced the pain that it brings and the hardship it poses when it comes to cleaning the teeth. Apart from the pain, there are other embarrassing moments that come up when you wear braces. For instance, you might find yourself smiling to your friends, and your brackets and wires are full of food. If you have experienced some of these embarrassing moments, you know that the journey with the braces to the point of removing them cannot be for anything less than a perfect smile. This investment has to be taken care of after braces have been removed using retainers, for the teeth to maintain their correct position. Retainers start their work at this phase. The most common retainers being used are permanent retainers. There are other temporary retainers, but what is a permanent retainer and what is it used for?

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Why Do I Need Teeth Removed for My [Braces]?

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Let’s say you’re new to the orthodontia world. Straight teeth are the goal for your child, which normally includes braces and retainers for most patients. However, your appointment also includes a talk about tooth extraction. You then ask how many teeth should be removed before getting braces. The answer to this question is unique to every patient. Dive deeper into the orthodontia world so that you can learn why tooth extraction is necessary in specific cases.  Read more…


Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?


Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

Cost is a major factor that must be weighed into your decision to seek orthodontic treatment. Today, you have many options available to help straighten your teeth and create a more beautiful smile. For most people, it will come down to two main options: Invisalign and the traditional wire braces with which most people are familiar. Understanding the differences between the two types of appliances is critical to deciding whether or not the cost should be a significant factor regarding which way you go with your treatment.

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Will My [Lips] Look Bigger after I Get My Braces Removed?

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“What will braces do to my lips?” This is a common question asked when considering the use of braces. In reality, braces are seen as lifesavers. People who have used it for over a year are the ones who can appreciate their importance over short time users. Braces do not only help provide proper shape to your dental structure, but they also help in shaping peoples careers. Thanks to the professional orthodontists who ensure that the right braces are uniquely placed to patients who need them. They have made people become more fulfilled with their lives with what they do. Gone are the days when wearing braces makes someone feel odd. Celebrities have also been spotted having them on, and people are feeling much better wearing it in the 21st century. 

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How to Fix Minor [Overcrowding of Teeth] Without Braces or Invisalign?


Everyone, no matter their age, wants to have teeth that are straight and beautiful. An even smile can boost your confidence and make you feel as though anything is possible. Unfortunately, many people suffer from some kind of issue within their teeth that causes overcrowding, an overbite, an underbite, or any number of other problems. While some of these issues can be directly tackled with the usage of braces and Invisalign, these orthodontic solutions are typically reserved for people who suffer from substantial overcrowding or a large overbite. The key to fixing overcrowding teeth depends on the extent of the crowding. If the crowding you’re experiencing is minimal, it’s possible that you’ll be able to fix this overcrowding without Invisalign or braces.


What are retainers?

One of the best ways to fix overcrowding without braces is through retainers which are available in different types for you to choose from. For people who wear braces, retainers are oftentimes used once the braces have been removed as a means of keeping the movements of the teeth intact and to stop these teeth from moving back to their original position. However, if the crowding of your teeth is kept to a minimum, it may be possible to bypass braces or any other orthodontic solution altogether and simply use a retainer in order to straighten your teeth.

The first type of retainer you could use for fixing overcrowding teeth is referred to as a fixed retainer, also known as bonded lingual retainers. These retainers are attached to the inner surface of your teeth through the usage of dental cement. This method of attaching the retainer allows the teeth to remain in their fixed position and will prevent them from shifting in the future. It greatly helps with minimal crowding issues by straightening your teeth and improving your bite.

Another type of retainer that can be used for overcrowding without Invisalign or braces is a removable retainer. Removable retainers have several advantages compared to others since it can be readily removed at any time you want, while still providing much of the same results as a fixed retainer. However, these retainers are easy to lose and very expensive to replace, so you’ll want to heavily consider your options before settling on removable retainers. While these retainers can be removed at any time, it’s recommended that you only remove them during special occasions or for simple relief in the event that they become too irritating for your mouth.

Both removable retainers and fixed retainers can be used on the upper or lower portions of the teeth, which largely depends on where the corrections and adjustments need to be made. Before you’re provided with a retainer, a consultation will first take place to identify whether or not your overcrowding issues even qualify for this orthodontic solution. In the event that they do, the orthodontist on hand will be able to answer any of your questions and will provide you with everything you need to know about wearing the retainer and how long it will take to see the results that you’re looking for.

What Is The Treatment Time with Retainers?

In the event that you select retainers for the slight overcrowding of your teeth, you may wonder how long you’ll need to wear the retainers before the teeth have moved into their proper position. There are a couple of things that you should be aware of. For one, if you choose a fixed retainer, it’s important to understand that these retainers are designed to be used on a long-term basis, even after they’ve stopped moving your teeth. Since they’re cemented into place, the only way to remove them is by returning to your orthodontist.

However, when using these fixed retainers for slight movements associated with overcrowding, your teeth will likely move into their correct position within three to six months, though it’s recommended to wear them longer so as to ensure that your teeth don’t revert to their original position. If you choose to wear a removable retainer, the treatment time will likely be slightly longer than with a fixed retainer, due primarily to the fact that you’ll remove them from time to time. You can expect to wear this retainer for six months to a year before the achieving your desired results.

What are Palatal Expanders?

While retainers are the most commonly used remedies for overcrowding without braces, it’s also possible to correct the minor issue using palatal expanders. A palatal expander is a type of appliance that’s commonly used to widen the upper jaw and the roof of the mouth. The result of using this appliance is providing more room for your teeth to grow, which can actually be beneficial for a wide range of orthodontic issues.

In regards to overcrowding, when your child’s palate is narrower than it should be, the upper teeth may not be able to accommodate the growth of permanent teeth once they start to erupt, which can cause issues and a greater necessity for braces. With the expansion of the upper jaw, the overcrowding problems are directly addressed and your teeth can be properly straightened.

What are the Benefits of Straightened Teeth?

There is a wide array of benefits associated with straightened teeth that might be appealing to you if you’ve never had straight teeth before. For instance, you’ll have a more beautiful smile that will look great in pictures and will boost your self-confidence, which could make a difference in doing well on a job interview or being more sociable.

Straightened teeth also mean that brushing your teeth will be much simpler, as there will be less spaces for food and other particles to get stuck. Crooked teeth can also cause undue pressure to the jaw and eventually lead to headaches. With a better bite, you’ll be able to eat and chew foods better as well.

If you believe that your teeth are slightly overcrowded and you would like to make sure that your smile is as beautiful and straight as possible, call us today to set up your initial consultation. Our orthodontists have the capabilities necessary to ensure that all of your orthodontic needs are well taken care of.


How to Fix Minor Overcrowding of Teeth Without Braces or Invisalign?

McDermott Orthodontist
708 Elm Ave. E.
Delano, MN
TEL: 763-972-4444


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How do I fix my flared teeth [after braces]?

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Braces and other orthodontic care can be an important part of a healthy smile and mouth. If your teeth are overcrowded, it can lead to problems with self-esteem, talking, eating and doing other normal everyday activities. Unfortunately, many people assume that they can simply go for braces and be done with treatment in a matter of just a few months. In fact, braces are not the only treatment that most orthodontists recommend, as there are other appliances needed such as retainers and spacers to properly correct the teeth. Also, it is not at all uncommon to deal with flared teeth after having braces removed. In order for you to know how to fix flared teeth after braces, you need to speak with your orthodontist on your available options.

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The Importance Of Wearing Retainers After Treatment

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The Importance Of Wearing Retainers After Treatment

Unfortunately, everyone wasn’t born with a perfect smile. Many children are born with an overbite, and underbite, crowded teeth, or gaps in their teeth. This is where braces and Invisalign can help. When you take your child to the orthodontist for either of these treatments, your child will need to wear them for a year or more. Once the treatment is over, it isn’t the end. Once the braces and Invisalign come off, your child will be fitted with a retainer. Not every child gets the same retainer schedule. It depends on the child and their treatment provider’s recommendation. Regardless of the instructions that you receive, you should make sure that your child wears their retainer as directed. There are several reasons that it is so important.

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What’s The Difference Between a [Dentist, Endodontist, And Orthodontist]?

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Most people probably don’t think much about their teeth … unless there’s a problem. In that case, the pain or discomfort often leads to seeking help from someone who specializes in the care and maintenance of teeth and gums. That “someone” may be a dentist, endodontist, or orthodontist. When teeth or gum problems happen, how do you know which of these doctors to call? What is the difference between a Dentist and Endodontist? What is the difference between a Dentist and Orthodontist? What is the difference between an Endodontist and Orthodontist? Knowing these differences may lead to a quicker, more positive end of pain and discomfort.

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How [Long Would It Take to Fix] My Crooked Teeth?

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You think about it every time you smile or look in the mirror. You wonder if people you talk to and smile at do not see your great personality and looks, but your crooked or crowded teeth. Now that you are ready to enjoy life with straight, perfect teeth, you probably have a lot of questions. How do I fix my crooked teeth? Can braces fix my crooked teeth? How long does it take to straighten crooked teeth? As you prepare for the journey of having perfectly straight teeth to go along with your awesome personality and great smile, here are the answers to your questions.   Read more…

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What to Expect When Seeing an [Orthodontist]

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If you have never visited an orthodontist then you need to know what to expect. First, you must understand that orthodontic staff know that patients are nervous, especially during the first visit. The staff at an orthodontic office try to make the process comfortable for everyone no matter what their age. There are frequently fun waiting areas with a television or magazines to read. To keep children busy, there is a small playroom with toys, crayons and coloring books. The facility wants to keep teenagers happy by supplying computers with an Internet connection. In most cases, you won’t need to wait long to see an orthodontist because facilities keep patient’s appointment times structured.

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