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Not happy with teeth after braces. What should I do?

I had both invisalign and braces because invisalign did not correct all of the problems, especially the 2 upper front teeth so I had to wear braces for about 3 months. I was done with braces about 2 months ago and I've been wearing a set of retainers every night. I've noticed that my teeth tend to shift pretty quickly that it feels tight when I put on my retainer every night. Also, there's a tiny gap between 1 of the front teeth and the retainer. It's almost as if the tooth cannot touch the retainer. Is that normal? This is a picture of how my teeth look currently. They do not look bad but one of the upper front teeth isn't very straight and it bothers me. Those of you who have had experience with braces, what do you think I should do? If I go back to the orthodontist, is it likely that I will be charged? Thank you for your time!
posted by missybitsy on Jun 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Open / Free 3d models for splints and hand braces

I would like to make a custom brace for my wrists and some supports for my aching feet using my 3d printer. What are some good places to get started in approaching this project? Is there a site with some existing models? Has anyone on MeFi done this? Should I just start from a 3d scan of my various body parts and build from there to see what's comfortable or should I just take apart my existing splints and start tweaking parts? [more inside]
posted by humanfont on Jun 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Should I brace myself?

I'm a 27-year-old voice over artist / actor and have been looking into getting Invisalign to fix some weird angles on my top teeth and crowding on the bottom ones. But is it worth it? Opinions from Invisaligners and the general tooth-viewing public alike would be much appreciated (pics inside.) [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on May 6, 2014 - 24 answers

Do I need braces?

I've been thinking about getting braces. 80% for cosmetic reasons, 10% because they feel very slightly annoying, 10% possible health benefits. My free UK NHS dentist says I don't need them, it's an unnecessary risk and the treatment can go wrong. My private, fee paying dentist says it's a great idea if I can afford it, it's good for health too. The money isn't an issue, but I really don't like the idea of spending a year or more in the docks. here is a pic. http://imgur.com/HnecMVD. Frank opinions welcome. Adjusted for English standards!
posted by molloy on Feb 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Bracing myself for years of dental awkwardness!

After having a normal dental childhood without braces, my front teeth have shifted significantly in the past couple years and now that I have a steady job and dental insurance (which I think only partially covers the cost of braces, if at all), I am looking forward to have straighter teeth but don't know what to look forward to with braces as an adult. [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Feb 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Oral surgery and braces or wait-and-see?

I need help deciding whether to opt for oral surgery and braces for my child, or to take a wait-and-see approach. [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Dec 5, 2013 - 19 answers

How do I make fake braces for my teeth?

I am dressing up as Ugly Betty for a friend's birthday party. I have everything sorted except how to create some fake braces for my teeth. I don't want to cause any damage to my teeth or gums, nor do I want to be impeded from drinking (it is a party after all!). The only option I have been able to find so far involves paper clips and dental wax and appears to be somewhat painful looking. Any other ideas for how to make fake braces for a night?
posted by MT on Oct 28, 2013 - 5 answers

The archwire in my braces broke 4 times, do I dump my dentist?

There is a spot in my lower teeth where there is a sharp(ish) bend between two molars. The arch wire in my braces keeps breaking at that point: 4 times in 4 months. It usually lasts about 4 days before breaking. I pointed this out to my dentist (he is not an orthodontist) and he said we just have to keep replacing it each time because I'm not ready for a thicker wire. I've completed 4 months of having braces so far. During one visit, he said not to worry about the disconnected part because another area in my mouth was more important, and left it disconnected for about a month (it's my very edge tooth, so the remainder wire was thrown out). Now it's back to breaking-time. I know little about having braces, but this seems way shady to me. I've already spent a lot of money, but should I switch to someone else? Or is this sort of thing normal? Thanks for your insight!
posted by film on Sep 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Missing teeth at ten - what do?

YANMson's dentist. His bones are all fine, but his on-the-small-side mouth is equipped with two less than the regulation 32 teeth: one pre-molar missing upper right, and one pre-molar lower left. (His last two milk teeth are still there, in their stead.) My question is: what are the typical options - or else what's a good resource for reading up on them? [more inside]
posted by progosk on May 23, 2013 - 17 answers

how-to: orthognathic surgery/braces/general face-fixing for adults?

I have seriously messed-up teeth that make me absolutely despise the way I look and continue to make me increasingly unable to eat pizza, sandwiches, or any other food whose consumption requires front teeth that come within a quarter-inch of each other. A visit to the orthodontist has alerted me to the fact that I may require maxillofacial/orthognathic/corrective jaw surgery ($$$$$$$$$$$$) in addition to braces ($$$). While I live in the U.S. and am lucky enough to possess fairly decent medical and dental insurance, I don't have very much money to throw at the problem. What should/can I do next? If you've had a similar experience, what did/would you do? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Apr 11, 2013 - 16 answers

I've decided to get my teeth fixed. Braces or Veneers?

I've always been unhappy with my teeth, and I want perfect, straight teeth. Here's a picture. http://i49.tinypic.com/w86a6b.jpg I want to know the likely cost of the procedure, and also what option, (braces, veneers, ??) would be the best route. If braces are indeed the best option, I would have to choose the invisalign braces. I plan on going to the Dentist soon, but I just want to know what to expect. Thank you, kindly!
posted by AMWKE1984 on Mar 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Should I get teeth extracted, or do I keep them?

My orthodontist wants me to get rid of 4 premolar teeth before giving me braces. Googling tells me this is very common, but is it just an easy fix for them, or really a basic part of the process? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Mar 4, 2013 - 34 answers

Brace yourself!

When you had braces, did your orthodontist want to replace your wires a week before taking your braces off? Or is this a ploy to prolong treatment? [more inside]
posted by Sutekh on Nov 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Classy, sturdy, usable suspenders: buy, or make?

Need advice on finding or making a practical, yet classy, pair of button suspenders. (Y or X style) [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Sep 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Ceramic vs metal braces? What are the differences?

Ceramic vs metal braces? What are the differences? [more inside]
posted by eliluong on Jun 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Insurance for braces

Our 10 yr old needs braces. Should we buy ortho insurance? What kind? Use medical reimbursement plan? Combination of insurance and medical reimbursement? Is AFLAC a good plan to go with? [more inside]
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes on Apr 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Money for Nothing?

boy needs some new teeth [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Orthodontic fearmongering?

Is my new dentist trying to convince me to get braces unnecessarily? Lots more agonizing inside! [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Jan 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me find buttoned suspender / braces pants.

Where can I find mens' trousers that have buttons for suspenders/braces? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Dec 21, 2011 - 15 answers

You're so vain, you think this class III malocclusion is about you

I have a severe underbite. I'm leaning toward not treating it but I don't like what I see in the mirror. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Oct 20, 2011 - 16 answers

I've got a tooth sticking out the top of my gum.

I've got a tooth sticking out the top of my gum. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 - 19 answers

Can I trust student orthodontists?

Can I trust student orthodontists? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on May 12, 2011 - 12 answers

getting my teeth right back where they started from...

How do I get my teeth BACK IN LINE?! I miss my straight teeth! [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl on Apr 1, 2011 - 13 answers

What, if anything, do I say to my friends about their daughter's urgent need for braces?

What, if anything, do I say to my friends about their daughter's urgent need for braces? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2011 - 61 answers

Last night without braces...

Getting braces tomorrow morning. What food/foods should I eat tonight... in terms of things I won't be able to eat for the next couple years? What did you miss eating when you had braces?
posted by RogueHolly on Sep 8, 2010 - 41 answers

Tips for an adult with brand new white dental braces

How can I keep my new white dental braces from discoloring? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Mar 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Are Braces Always The Answer?

So, I need some help with getting my teeth fixed. I know that there is bonding, veneers, braces, invisalign, retainers and whatnot.. But I need some comparisons. My question is two fold: What is the best option for my teeth; braces, invisalign, bonding, veneers? Second part of the question, what type of professional can I see that will give me an honest assessment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 - 19 answers

Help with a witty name for my adult braces website

I am trying to come up with a name for a braces website but for the life of me, I'm failing to come up with any good ideas. [more inside]
posted by SRMorris on Jan 5, 2010 - 36 answers

Tooth sensitivity

I'm experiencing tooth sensitivity and my two front teeth have slight stains. I have braces and I smoke pot. Should I be worrying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me summon the courage to get my jaw/tooth/bite/TMJ problems sorted out.

Help me summon the courage to get my jaw/tooth/bite/TMJ problems sorted out. More inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 30, 2009 - 16 answers

What are some easy, healthy snacks I can eat with braces?

What are some easy, healthy snacks I can eat with braces? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Sep 16, 2009 - 10 answers

3 years of pain, 5 thousand dollars, and my teeth are worse than when I started...

Dentist filter: How to manage being unhappy with the results of braces? Teeth not straight, discolored, and full mouth retainer causing panic attacks. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Sep 1, 2009 - 26 answers

Effectiveness of Braces

Where can I find information on orthodontia effectiveness and outcomes? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jun 17, 2009 - 4 answers

And I thought I'd left braces back in high school...

I lost my retainer and my orthodontist doesn't have the records to make me a replacement. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Jun 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Speaking English causes bad teeth? Combined with chewing gum, leads to more kids having to wear dental braces? Help me research this one; would like stats and links...

Speaking English causes bad teeth? Combined with chewing gum, leads to more kids having to wear dental braces? Help me research this one; would like stats and links... [more inside]
posted by querty on May 11, 2009 - 25 answers

My legs are built wrong. Is there a solution?

I'm 40 years old. Is there any way to bend my bones into another position if they're malformed? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Apr 21, 2009 - 6 answers

My wrist hurts when I play violin!

Does anyone know of a good wrist brace for a violinist? [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird on Dec 30, 2008 - 4 answers

What foods work best with braces?

All this metal is cramping our style: What foods work best with a new set of orthodontic braces? [more inside]
posted by debgpi on Dec 21, 2008 - 15 answers

Orthodontist recommendations in New York City?

Orthodontist recommendations in New York City? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Sep 20, 2008 - 1 answer

What happens if you go to jail with braces on your teeth?

What happens if you go to jail with braces on your teeth? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Mar 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Crooked teeth=not sexy

Would it be safe/beneficial to wear my old retainer again? My teeth have started moving! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Feb 10, 2008 - 17 answers

Are IT band straps just snake oil?

Are those IT band straps for running worth a damn? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Jan 15, 2008 - 19 answers

Importance, and cost, of braces for an adult?

How important is it for me to get braces as an adult? If it's critical, how much would they cost, and how could I afford them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2007 - 20 answers

Braces: Are dental surgeons adequate, or do I need an orthodontist?

Is there a significant difference in quality when it comes to getting your braces put on by a dental surgeon as opposed to an actual orthodontist? [more inside]
posted by mjao on May 28, 2007 - 11 answers

Choice of braces

My wife has to choose between the classic metal braces and the new-fangled clear ceramic type. What to do? [more inside]
posted by lumpenprole on May 16, 2007 - 20 answers

“Dentist, n.: A Prestidigitator who, putting metal in one's mouth, pulls coins out of one's pockets.”

SE Queensland Dentist Filter: I need a dentist. But I want a nice one, or at least a non-judgmental one—I've had mean dentists! Needless to say, this has stopped me from going for quite a long time. I have decided to get braces though, so I need to have my teeth given the all-clear before approaching an orthodontist. I also need a recommendation for the orthodontist! Brisbane / Gold Coast area. [more inside]
posted by mjao on Apr 16, 2007 - 3 answers

How to relieve pain from braces

A friend of mine is 34 and just got braces. They're really hurting her, the inside of her lips are getting torn up and the canker sores are driving her nuts. I thought I'd ask the collective intelligence here if there is anything she can do... any ideas?
posted by Scoops on Jun 23, 2006 - 27 answers

Broken retainer, what to do?

My invisalign-type retainer has broken and I won't see my orthodontist for months! What should I do? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple on May 15, 2006 - 3 answers

Soft food is still food... right?

SoftFoodFilter: how do I retain a somewhat balanced diet? [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo on May 6, 2006 - 8 answers

Vain...and yet cheap and lazy

After having my wisdom teeth removed, one of my previously braces-straightened teeth has turned out a bit. Man, does this bug me. [more inside]
posted by divka on Nov 19, 2005 - 9 answers

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