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Invisalign Overjet Before And After

10 Invisalign Truths to Know Before You Try

10 Invisalign Truths to Know Before You Try Real talk: I've never loved my teeth. OK, they were never awful, but Invisalign has long been in the back of my mind. Despite wearing my retainer every single night since getting my braces off in high school, my teeth still moved, and I had what's

Why Is America Obsessed With Perfecting Its Teeth?

Why Is America Obsessed With Perfecting Its Teeth? But never before has mankind's obsession with the smile been so easily actionable. Cosmetic dentistry now represents the largest nonsurgical beauty industry after makeup. This includes the multibillion-dollar teeth-whitening business, which began in

The Lingual Choice

After the dental midlines coincided, a maxillary 0.0175 x 0.0175-inch TMA was placed for intraoral detailing. The patient was retained with maxillary and mandibular Ortho-Flextech (Reliance Inc) stainless steel thread extending

Orthodontic procedures to correct irregularities...

Orthodontic procedures to correct irregularities... Some types of bad bites include an overbite, a crossbite, an overjet, and an open bite. When the upper front Retainers might be used to keep your teeth in position after braces have been removed. Retainers are either Removable appliances might

The 8-Year-Old With a Perfect Smile

The 8-Year-Old With a Perfect Smile For one of the most common conditions—a Class II Malocclusion, commonly known as an overbite, "overjet" or buck teeth—studies indicate there aren't measurable benefits to early treatment. Starting But after a second phase of fixed-appliance

Hesitant About Teledentistry

In middle school, like most of my friends, I had a mouth full of brightly colored wire brackets. We’d each try to come up with the best color combinations; red and green for Christmas, orange and black for Halloween. We’d glare at the kids who were able to take out their Invisalign to chew gum. I’d often stand in front of the mirror trying to cover my braces with a finger or toothbrush, trying to see if my teeth were getting straighter. When they were removed in eighth grade, I felt a renewed sense of confidence. A severe overbite corrected, my entire face had changed. Unfortunately, I managed to lose two sets of retainers within the first few months, and after the second one, I was too scared to tell my parents.

Now, nearly a decade later, the overbite has returned and my teeth are overlapped and crowded. I often curse the 13-year-old who wrapped her retainers in napkins and threw them out, twice. A college student now, the thought of spending thousands of dollars on orthodontics is unfeasible. Still, I’m self-conscious about my smile, keeping my mouth closed in most pictures. In my head I’m “smizing,” but the actual result is a pouty-looking smile.