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Canonsburg, PA
A 28-year-old male asked:

Considering braces. unhappy with "~" shaped smile. back teeth feel like they touch on one side. recent dental xray in profile. recommendations?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
start with gp: Solving a smile problem is often multi faceted. A general dentist will help you understand if orthodontics will be part of a solution appropriate for you. Sometimes a combination of orthodontics, surgery, and restorative dentistry is needed to fully solve complex issues. It's best to have a good quarterback who can refer you to appropriate specialty care as needed.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Team approach: If your "bite" is off, you need an orthodontist. If teeth have worn unevenly or are discolored, you need a restorative dentist. If gums unhealthy, you need a periodontist. If jaws malposed, you need an oral surgeon. Start w general (restorative) dentist who will help you develop your individualized rx plan based on your needs, and will refer you to appropriate specialists if indicated.
Last updated Mar 21, 2014

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