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    Old 07-21-2004, 04:40 PM   #1
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    Retainer w/spring mechanism for one crooked tooth?

    I'd just like to hear from anybody who had some kind of retainer with a spring mechanism to correct one crooked tooth. I had braces over 5 years ago, didn't wear my retainer enough, and over the last couple years I've had 1 tooth go crooked and kind of start moving behind an adjacent tooth.

    I read of other's who had a retainer with a spring or something to fix one crooked tooth, and would like to hear from you as to just how crooked it was.

    I bring this up because I went back to my old orthodontist yesterday, and he said I'd need braces on my uppers to correct the problem, and it'd be 6 months and $1500. Also, when I asked him about the retainer/spring thing, he said they never work right and you'd just have to end up getting braces anyways.....I think he's just saying that because he doesn't do the retainer/spring thing and would rather charge me $1500 for something I don't necessarily need....but that's just the conspiracy theorist in me.

    I'm going to see a family friend dentist tomorrow to see what he thinks. Thanks for any info you can give me.

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    Old 07-22-2004, 03:17 PM   #2
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    Re: Retainer w/spring mechanism for one crooked tooth?

    I think the best thing for you would be to get another opinion from another orthodontist. Call around, many will offer free consultations. I didn't wear my retainers (although wisdom teeth also helped push them out of alignment), and I'm currently in ceramic braces on the top arch, and a corrective retainer with divots and cut outs on the bottom arch for $800. First of all, there may only be one tooth that looks crooked to you, but chances are, if one tooth has moved, the others surrounding it might have moved too. This means that the surrounding teeth must be put back into position, potentially requiring braces. I also think your ortho might not be a fan of InvisAlign/retainers... they're very dependent on how often you wear them, and don't fix all problems. So, I think it's more likely that he's had bad experiences with them than the fact that he wants more money from you!

    Old 07-22-2004, 03:51 PM   #3
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    Re: Retainer w/spring mechanism for one crooked tooth?

    So I went to a dentist I know today, he said it didn't look bad, and within 15 minutes I had a mold made for a retainer and was out of there. It will be a retainer with a spring mechanism on it that is adjustable. Hopefully it works like he says it will.

    Old 07-22-2004, 04:13 PM   #4
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    Re: Retainer w/spring mechanism for one crooked tooth?

    I had braces many years ago, I'm 21 now. One of my teeth had moved since then and I wanted it fixed. I had a retainer with a spring mechanism for a few months to fix one crooked tooth. Worked like a charm. You do not need braces. I went to a great orthodontist.

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