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 answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 40 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.
Orthodontics 53 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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