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Dr. Randall Shaw

Orthodontics
Southfield, MI
38 years experience male

Locations

The Best Braces

Southfield

Address

18860 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 7:00am - 6:00pm
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About

Bio

1st Orthodontist in Michigan to use the 3D orthodontics. SureSmile elite provider Leader in Lingual (Behind the teeth) Braces 2nd decade of providing Invisalign Patient centric office, making treatment easy, fast and convenient. Extensive knowledge and history of innovations in short-term expanders to greatly short time with braces and minimize the need for extractions.

Specialties
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Orthodontics

Cosmetic Dentistry

Licenses

United States: Michigan

Doctor Q&A

53 Answers
17 Agrees
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
No real alternatives: There are variations of Invisalign that are less expensive for minor corrections. However, in order to properly move your teeth you will need either b... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Most modern Orthodontist will do a 3D digital scan instead of impressions. These are often done the same day your braces are applied.
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A member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
No more pain: Propel is a form of Micro-osteoperforation. This helps stimulate the bone to allow faster tooth movement. It can be used with conventional braces or I... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Not in the same jaw: Expanders are frequently used prior to Invisalign or in the other jaw. The fit of the Invisalign is essential to their working which is too hard to p... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
A white is close: Modern bleaching is fantastic. You can get a tremendous improvement in the color of your teeth with whitening.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
If you have crowns: If most of your teeth are crowns it may be easier to use Invisalign instead of braces that would need to hold to the crowns
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Congratulations!!: Amazingly easy procedure. Your brackets will be removed in a couple minutes. The residual adhesive will be polished off and retainers will be made. Ma... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Absolutely: The overbite disrupts the normal path of movement for your jaws. This will strain the muscles of the tmj.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
No!: Those are spacers that are used so that the rest of your braces can be inserted at your next appointment. It will be impossible to get the bands fit... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Unlikely combination: Typically an expander is used to make space so that extractions can be avoided. Sometimes the expander is used to correct a crossbite or misfit betwee... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Orthodontic elastics are intended to facilitate the movement of your teeth. Constant pressure moves teeth fastest. Therefore to maximize the efficienc... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
With some changes: Eating is the same, just need to avoid real sticky foods that could pull it off.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
6-9 months: The exact amount of time is related to the specific treatment. Generally younger patients respond faster.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Absolutely: Braces actually cause the root of the tooth to move within the bone. Braces do not change the position of the root to the crown. So a tooth with a cro... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
You are in control: Braces by themselves won't cause you to lose weight :( Hopefully they will encourage you to be more conscientious about what you eat. This lifestyle... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: Why would you want to? They will not clean your teeth any better than toothpaste. In addition most toothpastes have fluoride, which you should be usin... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Very predictable: Generally the worse your problems are with your teeth the more predictable you will see significant improvement. Crooked teeth look ugly, even though ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
It's your option: You can have your braces removed at any time you want. If your orthodontist doesn't feel that he has accomplished all his treatment objectives, he wil... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
No: Braces can do things that Invisalign can't do. Invisalign can be used to treat many of the same problems as braces. Invisalign does make it much easi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligner are the best ways to move crooked teeth into their proper position.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Absolutely. They are typically covered by Dental insurance even though you maybe able to use medical savings also.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Used properly a toothbrush and floss will be totally adequate. Electric toothbrushes will make it easier to clean your teeth than a manual one. There... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
No, fast and easy: Expanders are removed very easily with a special instrument.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Same results: Both types of braces are very effectively used to correct crooked teeth. Depending on the specifics of each bracket, some are more efficient than othe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Depends on severity: It is somewhat like buying a car.....how much does a car cost??? Depends on what you need. Longer treatment length is more expensive. More esthetic ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
To fix their teeth: To improve their appearance. To improve their bite. To make it easier to keep their teeth clean to prevent gum disease. To prevent their teeth from... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Sadly there is none: The problem with chewing gum with braces is because it can stick to the braces and cause them to come off the tooth. It can also get stuck on the wire... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Ignore: Following your Orthodontists directions will really shorten treatment times dramatically!!
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Ignore: Follow your doctor's directions. He actually knows what will help your treatment progress quickly.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Extract teeth does not have any effect on your chin. I will only move the part of the that the hold the teeth in place. Moving you teeth forward or ba... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners is the best way to move teeth into their correct position. It is done comfortably and gradually ov... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Depends on growth: Functional Orthodontics is most effective in growing children. If there is a large jaw discrepancy in a non-growing person it typically requires Ortho... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
No more baby teeth: Braces are usually put on after all the permanent teeth have erupted. This typically occurs between the age of 10-15. As a non-growing adult age is ce... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Reasonable: In many people where there is a lot of crowding it may be necessary to have some teeth removed. This allows the remaining teeth to be properly aligned... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
No Problem: It won't slow you down at all! unlikely that your partner will even know you have them on.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Most definitely: It is definitely possible to correct an underbite with braces.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Cotton is a fine sub: Wax is used to comfort an area on your braces that may be bothering your lip or cheeks. Anything, such as cotton that covers the rough area will work ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Better to wait: Whitening strips work great on the areas they contact. However, they won't whiten the teeth under the braces. This will give you some very undesirable... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Flossing!! Braces.: The pain you are feeling is not from the crowding. It actually from the gums around the crooked teeth. Keeping the gums healthy through proper brushin... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
The Orthodontist will do an exam to determine if you would benefit from orthodontics. Typically they will also take photographs and x-rays to give you... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Use a Specialist!: If you have the opportunity to be treated by a specialist you will benefit from the extra 2-3 years of dedicated training they have received. Although... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Now is the time: It never gets easier than now!! Some problems are best corrected in growing children around age 7. These are issues with the jaw size or relationship... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Propel is great: Propel is a much less invasive form of accelerated orthodontics. It is a fraction of the cost of other types of more complex periodontal procedures fo... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Do they really fit?: Skipping that many aligners will usually prevent the trays from completely seating. This prevents your teeth from moving. Once that happens it is very... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Bridges and implants are the most common way to replace a missing tooth. Sometimes you can have orthodontic treatment to close the space so that you ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Makes it work better: Rubber bands are used to help teeth move in the desired direction. These allow the teeth to move with more control.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Both may work: Certain problems can be corrected with either. Sometimes the problem is too severe for Invisalign, then braces are required. Incognito is one of the t... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Retainers can : Modified retainers can be used to move your teeth. There are limitations with how much movement can be accomplished with retainers. Invisalign is a fo... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Give it a week: Within a week of having your wisdom teeth removed you should be comfortable enough to have an orthodontic exam.You could go sooner is you don't have a... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 38 years experience
Secondarily: The frankel actually makes changes to the jaws. The changes to the jaws create more space to allow the teeth to align better. There are many newer typ... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shaw is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shaw is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan School of Dentistry, MI
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

Washington University

Awards

1000 completed SureSmile cases

Affiliations

American Association Of Orthodontics
American Dental Assocation
Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
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