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I have a small mouth can i still get braces to make more room for may teeth?

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Dr. Richard Leaderman answered

Specializes in Periodontics

The size of your mouth does not make a difference in orthodontics.

Answered Mar 26, 2013

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Dr. Meng Syn answered

Specializes in Dentistry

See your general dentist for a referral to an orthodontist... Most dentist and specialist have no problems working on patients with small mouths. If your dentist feels differently, get a second opinion.

Answered Jul 19, 2012

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Dr. Anna Guarna answered

Specializes in Dentistry

In younger children, a palatal expander can be used to help expand the jaw and allow space for teeth. As an adult, braceswill not lengthen the jaw, but teeth can be manipulated to fit into arch...Depending on the size of your mouth/jaw, you may have to have extractions done to properly "line up" the teeth into the arch (jaw).

Answered Oct 5, 2013

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Dr. Theodore Ritota answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Best to consult an orthodontist, they study and know the growth of the jaw, face and skull, all interrelated. Basically the projected lenght of your jaw has to exceed the lenght of all the teeth added together otherwise you may have to have some teeth extracted. There are modern surgical techniques, distraction osteogenisis that can enlongate the jaw but only in very extreme cases.

Answered Jul 20, 2012

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Dr. David Schleimer answered

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Braces will most certainly align your teeth, and beautifully too. The question really is: how much crowding is there? If very crowded, some teeth may need to be removed, allowing a great result, with all remaining gaps closed. If not too crowded, teeth can be aligned by judicious widening of the arches without tooth loss. In my practice we run about 20% extraction. That is 80% without! good luck!

Answered Jan 9, 2013

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