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 What age is good to have a brace for teeth?
My daughters front two teeth are protruding she is eight (it is a female family trait on girls side ) sis ther better the earlier and how long will it take to correct....

 Chewing gum with braces...?
What would happen if I chew gum with braces??Will anyone else notice I was chewing gum??
Thanks =]...

 Is it safe to smoke cigarettes before I go to the dentist?
I am going to the dentist for my yearly check-up and cleaning and I'm 14. My appointment is Monday morning at 9:00 am. Is it safe to smoke cigarettes before I go to the dentist or do I need to ...

 What is good for a toothache? I've used oragel and mouth wash, doen't work..any ideas?

 Is it hard to talk with braces?
I'm just wondering whether it is hard to talk with braces on?

Like... will I talk funny? :S...

 Is it possible to not have wisdom teeth form? (10 points) Please help!?
I am VERY slow with my teeth and I should still have a baby tooth in but they pulled it out (the adult tooth still hasn't grown in and i'm 15). I just started getting my second set of adult ...

 What is the best medicine for tooth pain?
Particularly I have pain because I had an old filling taken out and they found out that it was infected bla bla bla so i have to go to a specialist for a certain kind of root canal. They put a temp. ...

 What Color Braces Should I Get?
I'm gettin braces next Tuesday and idk what colors to get!!
Please Help
p.s. will i look ugly or pretty with braces?


 how do i take my braces off?
i got them on about 4 years ago and i cant afford to get them taken off professionally i need to do it myself an dont know ...

 Do you think a gap between your 2 front teeth is cute?

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I am 13...have a small mouth and I want braces!!!...

 okay, invisalign or regular braces?
Okay, so my teeth are not badly crooked, but I want to get them anyway, because I want them to be perfectly straight. Do invisalign really work ?
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Thank you everyone ...

 what are teeth made of?

 braces? just got them today?
i got my top braces around 11:30 this morning. i have minor pains in my teeth but its not so bad that i cant eat. will i get worse tommorow?
i took to asprins before i went and six hours after. ...

 I can't stop biting my nails, can you give me some advice on how to stop please?

 Colors!!! (braces)?
I was just wondering what color of rubberbands you think I should get on my braces. It can be as many as you want. BTW I am a ...

 colors for braces, if you don't know anything about colors on braces LEAVE NOW!?
okay so i just want to know what colors look good on me if i hav blonde hair and blue eyes and i am only 11....... i want to know the good colors and the bad colors.. oh yeah i am also a girl.. if ...

 How do i get my younger brother start brushing his teeth?
he's 13 years old and i honestly think its been years since he's brushed his teeth. its so disgusting. whenever i point it out to him that he needs to start brushing his teeth he gets all ...

 Bad breath?
It's so embarrasing but i have bad breath. I brust my teeth 3 times a day and use mouthwash. I always have a stash of mints and gum. I sleep with a retainer, could this be casuing any of it? D...

 What color braces should i get?
well, i'm getting braces in Feb. and i don't know what color i should get i'm going back and forth with purple and pink and green. colors like that but i don't know. please help ...

 toothpaste. do u squeeze the end or the middle of the tube?

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i can see this is a serious issue for some people!!!

i just was wondering. i squeeze it from the middle and my man squeezes it from the end.

i ...

Do retainers hurt?
I'm getting my braces of soon and I'm getting a removable retainer on top and one gued down to the bottom. Anyway back to the question, do retainers hurt as much as braces?

Jammin EMmm

I had to get a retainer myself after I got braces. It hurts the first couple of days as your teeth are getting use to the adjustment. Make sure to wear it as recommended though if you try to put it back in if you haven't worn it in a while it will hurt a lot. Good luck and just think about how beautiful your teeth will be if your wear it!

nope the braces hurt more

Only if you don't wear then for a couple of days, and your teeth move to much.

jenny flower
Just for a few days my daughter says.

They will be a little uncomfortable at the beginning or when ever they are tightend or spaced but the pain is nothing compared to the pain of braces. I wore retainers for about 6 years and barely new I had them until the removsble one on the top got food underneath it.

No they do not hurt as much as braces, but they do hurt somewhat while your teeth get used to the mold of it.

I have one wish, meet Nick Jonas
They dont hurt as bad, you'll get used to them. But if you take them off for about a week or maybe even a whole day (except when eating) your teeth will shift &+ it maybe uncomfortable for a lil while, but you'll get used to it.

it won't hurt.. for the first 2-3 days or so.. it will affect your way of eating.. but after that.. it won't hurt..

It honestly depends. For my sister, it did not. They should not because they dont have the same job as braces. Braces are designed to straighten your teeth and retainers keep them in a position to not go back to the way they were before. As long as you wear the retainer, you should not have any problems.

No they just slip in =]

if uncomfortable tell your dentist =]

there nothing promise

Good luck

David P
Not nearly as much as braces did


they don't really hurt at all. i had them that i had to wear at night from the time i was 15-18 and now (I'm 19) i only wear them every few days. If you don't wear them for a while then your teeth hurt when you first put them back in, but that's only if you take them out for extended periods of time. and it doesn't hurt as much as it feels weird, liek your teeth feel lose.

Not as much. But the key is to wear it. If you take a few days off, it really pulls on your teeth (nothing major.)

I have had retainers for a couple of months in the 2nd grade. When you first get them it will be a bit difficult to talk. You will be spitting a bit and even at times some drool MAY come out of your mouth. But in the beginning it will not hurt AT ALL. After a while your dentist will start to tighten them, and it will not hurt like braces, but will have a tight, sore feeling. It only lasts for a day until you get used to the feeling. Then tighter and tighter after months. The pain will only last a day and you will get used to it. And about the spittinng when you talk problem will only last a week in the beginning. Overall they DON'T hurt as much as braces. =) Hope This Helps

Nope iam sure nope
not at all

Lacey Jayne
no not at all..much better

if you wear them regularly, then no. if you don't wear it for awhile then put it in, it might be uncomfortable for a bit.

rock princess
in my case they don't
i think it doesn't really hurt at all
from the word itself, its main purpose is just to retain
to hold your teeth in place and avoid them from moving back

Mango Music
i have not had a retainer but i have braces.
with braces, it will hurt for a little bit but it goes away and you get used to it. applesauce tastes really good with braces.
I don't mind my braces much, and i lot of people i know have them. good luck with the braces!

No they don't hurt. They are their only to keep the straightened teeth alined. The bottom one doesn't hurt either. You will get used to it.

No retainers do not hurt as much as braces do! And Congratulations! Getting your braces off is a huge step! No more wires, or food getting stuck!! The retainer is a way for your teeth to stay in the same alignment as the braces formed them to be, but your not committed to it, you can take it off in the morning and go about your day and put it back on in the evening before you go to bed. As long as you keep doing that, your teeth are going to be fine, but remember to continue to do that. Or your teeth will get out of alignment. :)

They don't hurt at all unless they are made incorrectly. They make a mold of your mouth so it will fit perfectly. There might be a little aching from them, but no pain.

Adam T
only for like the first week or two

no not unless you use them wrong

No i got a retainer right now and it dose not bother me at all.

I never had braces but I wore a retainer when I was much younger and it didn't hurt at all. It can be very bothersome and you tend to drool a lot.

They don't hurt at all, really. As long as you do what your orthodontist tells you, you'll be fine! Just make sure that if you are supposed to wear it all day, you do, otherwise it will hurt really bad when you put it back in, that's how much your teeth will move!

they hurt for a lil bit....
Now if you dont wear it for like a week then go to wear it. yah it will hurt a lil bit but nope you get used to it:p

What does a retainer do?
The retainer keeps your teeth in perfect alignment after braces are removed so you keep an excellent smile as your mouth grows?

Why do I need the retainer?
Usually, when braces are first removed, your teeth will all be in perfect alignment, and your smile is excellent. However, your gums, bones, etc will not have completely shifted into their new positions. The retainer holds your teeth in position until your gums, bones etc settle in to their new positions. At the end of your orthodontic treatment, your smile will be wonderful and your will look excellent. You need to wear your retainer to keep yourself looking excellent.

Also, you are still growing after your braces are removed. Sometimes, your mouth will grow unevenly. If so a retainer can be used to make sure your teeth stay perfect as you grow. Cool dudes all have perfect teeth.

What happens if I do not wear the retainer?
Your gums and bones will not settle into their new positions so your teeth will move part way back to their old positions. Your fabulous smile will dwindle. You may even need to get your braces put on again. Don't let that happen! Be just like cool dude. Wear your retainer.

Does the retainer hurt?
It should not. If your retainer hurts after the first week, it means that the retainer was fitted wrong. Go back to your orthodontist and ask him to give you a new retainer.

How long should I use a retainer?
You need to wear your retainer 24 hours a day for at least a year after your braces are removed. Then continue to wear the retainer a few nights a week until you are 24 and stop growing.

What happens if I break the retainer?
Ask your orthodontist for a new one.

Won't the retainer wear out after a while?
A well made retainer should last for years. If your retainer breaks ask your orthodontist for a new one.

What happens if I swallow a part of the retainer.
Nothing. The part will just pass through your digestive system.

Tell me about fixed retainers
Fixed retainers are an alternative that is sometimes used when you keep "forgetting" to wear your retainer. The orthodontist cements a retainer in your mouth and you cannot take the retainer off for a year.

If this happens, be sure to clean the retainer every night or else your breath will smell awful.

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