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I'm 16 and have had my braces off for about a little over a year. Before i had my braces, my teeth were pretty straight, but my top teeth did not overlap my bottom teeth. They touched at the ends. So after my 2 years with braces, my teeth were perfect. I wore my retainer for the 2 week period fulltime, then at nights only. I forgot to put them in for about 3 weeks, but mainly because the retainers were loose and didn't stay in anyway.

Well, my teeth have shifted, or so I think, but maybe it's just my jaw growing. My teeth are still straight, but between where my top teeth and bottom teeth should overlap there's a space now. I'm wondering if getting braces again is the only way to fix this or if clear ones will work too? ....Visitor from PA

If your description is accurate, it seems like there has been excessive movement in three weeks of not wearing the retainer - this would be considered highly unusual.

You need to return to your original orthodontist or consult the services of a new one to evaluate the before and after. It would be inappropriate for a general dentist to comment, especially without seeing the patient.

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