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Dr. William Dabney

Orthodontics
Midlothian, VA
43 years experience male

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Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

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Orthodontics

Languages spoken

English

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104 Answers
17 Agrees
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
TMJ appliance: The nti appliance is too help with grinding of your teeth at night. It keeps your teeth from coming together while sleeping. If your teeth hurt then t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Brace mold: Tell your doc you want it. Usually it is ok to give it to you. Ask for a set of before and after pixs as well.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Heat: Probably so depending on the level of nausea. Have you seen a doctor about this problem ?
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Frenctomy post treat: Yes. Is your space now present? If so get space closed first as scar tissue may form and keep the teeth from coming together.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Misisng teeth: Yes. Lots of people are missing molars and have braces. Sometimes that is the reason they wear braces. Existing teeth are positioned so replacement te... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Enamel wear: I have never seen that happen and I have been in practice almost 30 years(assuming you are not chewing on the metal trying to destroy your teeth).
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Braces and fillings: Unless they are on baby teeth get them fixed before getting braces.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Food & braces: Go with softer foods and eat more frequently. Try some milkshakes that have extra protein and calories. Soups, noodles , pudding and ice cream should ... Read More
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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 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 male asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Timing for braces: The best age is when you are ready. I have treated folks betwwen age 5 and age 91.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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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 34-year-old female asked:
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Invisalign: Absolutey. Just make sure none of the pits have true cavaties.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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Removing braces: It will be very easy. The braces are gently squeezed and then they pop off your teeth. The sound may scare you but not be painful.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Braces and bridgewor: Yes. Although your orthodontist may have trouble keeping the braces attached as it is challenging to keep braces glud to metal and/or porcelain.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Jaw pain: It can be heartburn but it can be linked to heart problems. Have your physician check you over carefully.
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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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Mouthguard: Yes. As long as both are "competent".
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A 27-year-old male asked:
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Orthodontic pain: Yes. Explain to your doctor your symptoms and request pain meds.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Lingual braces: In my experience i like lingual braces over invisalign. I am a control freak and like to take away as many variables as possible. That said invisalign... 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 41-year-old member asked:
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43 years experience
Expander: Cut all food into smaller pieces and chew slowly
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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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 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 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 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Orthodontic treatmen: You are in one of the last phases of braces. Spaces are closed and then some detailing is done and suddenly you are brace free. Smile.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
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Wisdom teeth: Healing takes place over 7-10 days in most cases.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Stress and health: It depends. Stress can greatly affect all parts of your body. Have you had any other symptoms like fever or sinus/allergy problems that could also des... Read More
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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 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Tmj: Sounds like are are senverly clinching your teeth while you are sleeping. See a dentist for a mouthguard.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Brace emergency: Call your doctor's office to report the problem. If it is not bothering you , leave it alone. If it is an irritant place some wax or sugarless gum ove... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Retainer wear: If you are very lucky it may fit. Most of my patients need at least some adjustment after not wearing retainers for that long . Try it on. You may fee... 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 member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Tooth eruption: Usually the lower front incisors should appear about 4-6 months after birth.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Orthodontic pain: Most of your soreness will occur in the first 24-48 hours. Maybe you have a high pain tolerance.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
Diet soda: Diet soda can be caffiene free ar have caffiene. Read the label carefully.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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:
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 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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
43 years experience
Braces: Yes. Just remember that baking soda has an abrasive in it so use sparingly and probably not daily/.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
43 years experience
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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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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