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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
Probably not.: Normal protocol is to make a mold to diagnose the orthodontic problems and have a record of the starting point. However if there are adequate photos and the ortho issues are mild or minimal there should not be a problem.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
In most cases, no: In most cases a molding can be made with the appliance in place.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
The orthodontist: The orthodontist is highly trained and skilled to straighten teeth so that they not only look good but also function well.
A male asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
Schedule an exam: You should schedule an exam with an orthodontist to discuss your options. Your general dentist is right. Braces or invisalign can often be used to upright the tipped teeth so the dentist can restore the missing teeth. In some cases orthodontics can be used to completely close the space.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
Schedule an exam: There are several factors that contribute to the cost of braces. Each patient is different and there should not be a cookie cutter approach with one fee for all. You schedule an exam with an orthodontist to discuss your issues and options.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
Yes: The orthodontist is trained to treat complicated cases in a highly specialized learning environment. If i were choosing between elite providers i would choose the provider with the most specialized training - orthodontist.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
TMD is syndrome: Tmd describes the syndrome of joint dysfunction whereas TMJ refers to the temporo-mandibular joint.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
Multiple symptoms: Some of the more common tmd symptoms are clicking or popping in the jaw joint, limited opening, pain on opening in the joint area, pain in the muscles associated with chewing, pain while chewing, locking open or closed and noticeable deviation of the jaw to one side when opening. If you have any of these my advice would be to consult with a dentist that treats jaw joint issues.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
Multiple symptoms: Some of the more common tmd symptoms are clicking or popping in the jaw joint, limited opening, pain on opening in the joint area, pain in the muscles associated with chewing, pain while chewing, locking open or closed and noticeable deviation of the jaw to one side when opening. If you have any of these my advice would be to consult with a dentist that treats jaw joint issues.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
Consult with special: Some symptoms that would point to possible joint issues are limited opening, pain in or about the ear, joint noise, locking open or closed, pain on chewing. You should consult with specialist.
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