Dr. William Dabney

Orthodontics
Midlothian, VA
43 years experience male

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Office

Insurances accepted

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

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Orthodontics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

104 Answers
17 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Overbite: Would you consider braces behind your teeth (lingual braces)?
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A 42-year-old member asked:
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Diet soda: Diet soda can be caffiene free ar have caffiene. Read the label carefully.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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Rubber bands & brace: Absolutely. We use rubber bands to move teeth in a certain direction. If you put them on different teeth you will move them in the wrong direction.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Teeth anxiety: Take baby steps to reduce anxiety. Walk by a dental office. The next day go in and introduce yourself. Ask for a quick office tour. Later sit in the r... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Patient care: The staining probably came from something you ate or drank. One of my patients came in after eating a curry bases dish- wow. Call your doc and asked ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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Loss of teeth: Usually you lose teeth most commonly from progressive gum disease.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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Jaw pain: It depends. Sometimes you will be sedated so you will not have the pain but you will still feel soreness and tightness for a short while.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Malodor: Yes. The tissue is healing and certain microbes associated with trauma and healing may contribute to the odor. As long as it does not get worse or pe... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Spacing of teeth: It depends on the size of your teeth. Ask your dentist if you would benefit from any cosmetic procedures to add on to your teeth to close the spaces. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Braces adjustment: No pain on placing the wire but it will be sore the next day. Take some otc pain meds before your appointment to ease the pain.
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Denture replacement: Ask your dentist if she can repair what you have since it fits O.K. What coatings are you referring to?
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Eating with braces: Try softer foods for a few days. Puddings, ice cream and drinks like ensure will keep you going.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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Healtcare: Yes. Many folks cross borders for healthcare.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Retainer: Yes, assuming no strange allergies exist.
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A female asked:
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Tmj: You may have damage in the jaw joint . Special xrays or having an MRI may help in the diagnosis.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Braces pain: It really depends on your pain tolerance. If you have a good workout at the gym after being inactive how sore are you? Is it painful or are your muscl... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Wisdom teeth: Your pain will be moderate in most cases. Follow all post-op instuctions. You will be given pain meds for the first few days. Good luck.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Fresh fruit, almonds: Try to limit the amount/size of you snack. Think 2 carrot sticks rather than a "bag " of chips.
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A member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Quick orthodontics: See if you can find a doctor in your area that uses suresmile treatment to discuss the quickest way to straighten your teeth.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Braces: Phases in treatment refer to breaking down treatment over several time points. The first or early phase would begin around age 7-9 and take care of an... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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Elite provider: Have you researched how they reached this 'status' ? It is given by the manufacturer dependent on how many cases have been submitted by the provider. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Jaw surgery pain: You will recieve pains meds that will help a lot. Be prepared to stay out of action for 10-12 days.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Technique comparison: The alexander technique is based on years of experience by the alexander brothers from texas. It is constanly being updated. In my almost 30 years as ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Retainer: Small teeth with spaces next to them work well with clear retainers. Small teeth without spaces do not work as well as there is not enough tooth to "... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Age for braces: Yes. I recently finished treating a 90 year old for the same reason.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Underbite ?: Underbite refers to the lower jaw being forward of the upper jaw when teeth touch(think of a ull dog look) while an overbite the oposite happens.. The... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Retainer: Is this a case of you not wearing your retainer for a year and now you see teeth moving? If so probably not unless there was very slight movement. The... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
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Missing teeth: Some people are born without the genes needed to make all their permanent teeth. Most of the time dentists like to save these teeth for as long as pos... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Braces: Yes. Just remember that baking soda has an abrasive in it so use sparingly and probably not daily/.
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Tooth eruption: Usually the lower front incisors should appear about 4-6 months after birth.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Braces: Crooked teeth are due to genetic and enviromental problems. Maybe your parents had them or you sucked your thumb.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Orthodontic pain: Yes. Explain to your doctor your symptoms and request pain meds.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Tmj: Sounds like are are senverly clinching your teeth while you are sleeping. See a dentist for a mouthguard.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Expander: If your jaw is narrow because the teeth slant in towards your tongue the answer is yes. If the underlying bony skeleton (upper jaw) it may need surger... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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Yes: You may need to accept a compromise but i believe you will like the improvement.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Soda: While there is not sugar in diet drinks they are still acidic in nature which can weaken teeth.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Popcorn: Very carefully. Try brushing and flossing. A water pik might help as well.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
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Tmj: Before beginning orthodontics you may want a consult with a doctor who sees a lot of patients with your problems. Braces may or may not correct the p... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Ortho: Oral hygiene is checked. Old alastics are removed and replaced. Sometimes a new wire is placed. Much easier than the first appointment. You may want t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Braces: Lingual braces can not be seen but are a little harder to get use to with some people. Front braces will bother your lips while lingual braces will me... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Brace removal: Very little discomfort will be felt. Tell your doctor if you have a low pain threshold so she can take extra care of you.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Retainer: No. Teeth are harder than the retainers. However if your teeth have had damage and then repaired you may want to remind your dentist that you are wear... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Brace pain: Yes but until you are seen place some wax or sugarless chewing gum over the brace that is irritating you. Pretend you are placing a "band-aid" over th... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Retainers: Most dentists can make a retainer for you as they send it out to a lab to make after taking an impression. Research to see if your docs dabbles in tee... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Braces: Chewing gum used to be a no-no as we used braces that wrapped around the tooth held on by cement. The gum chewing would gradually weaken the cement an... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Mouthguard: Yes. As long as both are "competent".
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Retainer: Tothbrush without toothpaste which will abrade the retainer. Also use a mix of peroxide and water to soak the retainer. Bleach and water also work wel... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Expander: Cut all food into smaller pieces and chew slowly
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Reflux & invisalign: That should not be a problem with the current materials and the fact that you change them every 2 weeks. See your M.D. For reflux but in general watch... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Invisalign: Absolutey. Just make sure none of the pits have true cavaties.
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Mar 28, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Dabney is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Dabney is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 1980MD

Residency

FDU
Completed 1984

Awards

Top Orthodontist, First Place, Virginia - Winter
2013
Top Orthodontist, First Place, Virginia - Summer
2013
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