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can i get braces if its really hard for me to chew food and my toungh sticks out (pushes my teeth) and i have a gap between my upper and under teeth??

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Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Yes, but.....: Braces may not solve your problem. First you need to address the tongue thrust habit. Your tongue is causing the problem, not your teeth. Presuming you did correct your teeth with braces, as soon as they came off your tongue would push the teeth back out again. You need to see a qualified speech therapist for myofunctional therapy before having braces placed.
Answered on Nov 24, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Of course: There are three main reasons why people seek orthodontic treatment: proper function (chewing), improve the esthetics (close gaps) and improve oral and general health. You should visit a qualified Orthodontist for consultation.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
The underlying tongue thrust habit must be addressed before successful orthodontic treatment can be done otherwise the tongue will continue to push the teeth out after treatment and the bite will relapse.
Nov 24, 2014
Dr. Donovan Young
28 years experience Dentistry
Yes: You will probably need to wear a removable appliance which will train your tongue thrusting habit to relax the tongue and have to close your teeth together comfortably.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Appliances for tongue thrust habits have been shown to have very limited success. Myofunctional therapy has been shown to produce much better results.
Nov 24, 2014

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