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Dr. William Dabney

Orthodontics
Midlothian, VA
41 years experience male

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Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

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Orthodontics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

124 Answers
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A 41-year-old member asked:
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Keep teeth straight: How long do you want to have straight teeth ? I advise long term wear of retainers, even if just for a few hours a day, or a few times a week.
A 35-year-old member asked:
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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
A 33-year-old member asked:
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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
A 42-year-old member asked:
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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
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Loss of teeth: Usually you lose teeth most commonly from progressive gum disease.
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.
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.
A 35-year-old member asked:
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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
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Braces: Yes. Just remember that baking soda has an abrasive in it so use sparingly and probably not daily/.
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.
A 44-year-old member asked:
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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.
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
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
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Retainer: Yes, assuming no strange allergies exist.
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.
A 25-year-old female asked:
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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.
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.
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Orthodontics: By changing to a bigger wire as treat progresses or by placing more force on the same wire to pull it tighter into the brace.
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Overbite: Would you consider braces behind your teeth (lingual braces)?
A 32-year-old member asked:
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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
A 59-year-old male asked:
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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?
A 30-year-old member asked:
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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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Retainers: The longer the better. I tell my patients if they got healthy by not eating too many burgers and fries then to keep the weirght off stick with the sam... Read More
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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.
A 45-year-old member asked:
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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
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
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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.
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.
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Root canal: After numbing your tooth , your dentist will drill into the biting part of yout tooth until she reaches the dental pulp. Using special instrument they... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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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
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
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Healtcare: Yes. Many folks cross borders for healthcare.
A 34-year-old member asked:
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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.
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Teeth whitening: Most bleaching trays are fairly flexible and may not be strong enough to be a good long term retainer solution.
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Invisalign & speach: Your speach will be affectived throughout treatment but more so at the beginning. After a few days no one but you will pick up on any funny sounds.
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Braces & pain: Time will help. Also eat softer foods and do more chewing with your knife and fork. Most otc pain meds help.
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Teeth and spacing: Some like spaces, some do not. Is the gap huge and unslightly then fix it. If it is small and you like it keep it. Your choice.
A 32-year-old female asked:
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Braces and crowns: Absolutely you can. If you get braces the doctor treating you may need to use special glue to the brace to adhere to the crown. With invisalign nothin... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
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Braces and wisdom te: Yes. Make sure you step up your oral hygiene efforts after surgery to minimize your chance of infection.
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Retainer: It would be best to call your doctor for an appointment in the next few days.
A 49-year-old member asked:
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Teeth whitening: My patients do it without any problem. Check with you doc.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Retainer fit: Has the fit changed since you got? You may need a slight adjustment. Are your teeth still straight? All teeth have a tendency to move somewhat after b... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Fixed retainers: The built in retainer can stay in for years if you do a good job of cleaning around it. Get your dentist to check it out at your next visit.
A 49-year-old member asked:
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Jaw noise: Is it painful or just noisy? Is this a recent problem or someting new? Have you had any recent trauma to your jaw? Talk to your dds or see a TMJ speci... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Braces pain: You may want to check with your doctor. Depending on any medical allergies most otc pain meds work but take a dose base on body weight.
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Diet: Soft foods like soups, noodles, pudding and ice cream.
A 49-year-old member asked:
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Pain control: All is normal. If you are not allergic to any pain meds try taking Ibuprofen every 4 hours and also a dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) every 2 hour bet... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Braces diet: Sure it is. How are ou taking it? Adding to cereal or flavoring tea is ok. Shoveling spoonfuls is not.
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Braces pain: It depends on your pain tolerance. I explain to patients that there teeth will be "tender" just like your muscles feel the day after you work out. Otc... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Braces staining: Is it the brace or the elastic holding the wire in place. Most clear braces are ceramic now instead of the older generation of plastic braces that sta... Read More

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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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