Can I Wear a Retainer Instead of Braces?

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At Weber Orthodontics, we are committed to providing you with the best possible orthodontic solutions to your bite and jaw alignment problems. Often, this means traditional metal braces. But we understand that you might be interested in avoiding braces if possible.

Many Kansas City-area patients in this situation ask us about retainers. Traditionally, retainers are used after braces to retain your teeth and keep your bite and jaw in their proper position. However, in some limited cases, a retainer can be worn in place of braces.

Retainers are often worn by patients who have:

  • Small gaps between teeth that are not severe enough for braces
  • Minor crowding involving one or two teeth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Other symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder

Wearing a retainer requires commitment and dedication. You’ll need to clean it every day, soak it in warm water overnight and protect it from bending and cracking. But a retainer can prove an exceptionally effective solution in certain situations.

Dr. Ashlee Weber can evaluate the state of your teeth and bite alignment to determine if a retainer is appropriate for you.

If you live in or around Kansas City or Kearney, MO and you have questions about braces or other orthodontic options, please call Weber Orthodontics today at (816) 746-1200 for a consultation.

At Weber Orthodontics, we care about your kids’ health, and want their first dental experiences to be good ones. We offer traditional, clear, and Invisalign braces. Contact our office by phone (816) 746-1200 or complete our appointment request form to schedule an appointment.

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