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Question:
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

Answer:
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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