Can a retainer fix a posterior open bite?

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Can a retainer fix a posterior open bite?

#1 Post by chrisby18951 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:44 pm

I have had braces on my lower teeth since December, 2015 and upper teeth since February 2016. I had upper jaw surgery (SARPE) in February 2016 and lower (BSSO) in February 2018. I still have a posterior open bite that is enough of an issue to cause problems chewing some foods (things like spaghetti, salad, etc) as only my back molars and frontal teeth touch. My orthodontist wants to debrace me as soon as we close a small gap in my two front teeth (from SARPE) and says that the retainer should close the open bite. We are trying elastics which seem to be helping but I just wanted to see if anyone here had this type of situation and if so, how it worked out.

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Re: Can a retainer fix a posterior open bite?

#2 Post by XX50XX » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:20 pm

Depending on your age, I would be skeptical. If you're young and still have some growth in you, it's possible that could work. If you're finished growing, I'm not convinced it would. In my early 20s, an ortho tried that with me with an anterior repositioning splint and filing down spaces between my molars to see if they would erupt further. It didn't work.

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Re: Can a retainer fix a posterior open bite?

#3 Post by chrisby18951 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:32 pm

I will be 47 in October, so far from young........

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Re: Can a retainer fix a posterior open bite?

#4 Post by XX50XX » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:31 am

I'm not a doc, so could be 100% wrong. Maybe he's thinking the retainer will help settle your bite. You might be able to ask a doc online. There are some websites where docs and lawyers answer your questions for a small fee - like $5.

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Re: Can a retainer fix a posterior open bite?

#5 Post by bbsadmin » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:10 pm

I'm not a dentist either, but from my own experience, I think you should see how much progress you make with the elastics. I had an anterior open bite (did not have surgery) and the elastics really made a huge difference in closing the bite.
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Re: Can a retainer fix a posterior open bite?

#6 Post by chrisby18951 » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:54 am

Thanks so much! I am wearing my elastics and they do seem to be helping. But, I had to sort of ask for them this last time. He was just making it sound like once we tightened the gap from SARPE that he would debrace me and let the retainer finish. It seems odd because when we started the process we had August 2018 as the final payment, hoping he isnt just getting rid of me! I will admit that I have broken a lot of brackets over the time (mainly due to my overjet and upper teeth hitting the lower incisors, and I have offered to pay for the repairs). I just want the best job possible, even if it takes longer or even costs more.

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Re: Can a retainer fix a posterior open bite?

#7 Post by XX50XX » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:54 am

I don't blame you Chrissie, I would want that, too. I'm wondering if the ortho I consulted with yesterday doesn't want me as a patient. He still hasn't provided an estimate. I had to call the office to see if he'd written it up yet and so far, he hasn't. :Questions:

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Re: Can a retainer fix a posterior open bite?

#8 Post by tested » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:31 pm

Hey Chrisby, I was wondering if your open bite closed. I just had my braces removed a few days ago and non of my back molars touch when I bite. Ortho said the same thing, it should settle over time but this doesn't make sense to me at all. I had elastics and they helped a lot, I had most of my molars touched but as soon as my braces came off, I had the open bite again.

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