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A 36-year-old member asked:

is it recommended that i get braces for a tmj disorder?

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Dr. R Thomas
Dr. R Thomas answered
Dentistry 32 years experience
TMJ and orthodontics: I believe you are referring to TMJ disfunction leading to discomfort and pain. I suggest you google neuromuscular denistry or neurofunctional orthodontics. The short answer though, is "yes". Orthodontics done in a particular fashion can aid you. However, in many cases, if not used to address your disorder, the braces can make it worse. Read up and find a neurofunctionally trained dentist.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Depends: On what the source of the TMJ disorder is. If it is occlusal then possible. If it is form TMJ trauma, arthritis, joint growth disturbance then no. Diagnose the source first. Then treat.
Dr. Robert Didier
General Practice 50 years experience
When the pain's gone: Controversy abounds in dentistry as to the role of occlusion in TMJ disorders. The more conservative view recommends a very accurate diagnosis. Dysfunction of muscles, bones or nerves can trigger pain. Many types of arthritis, some which need medical management, can effect the jaws. Bite appliances, self management and medications are proven to help.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Not usually: Braces only for TMJ if a bad bite is causing or contributing to the problem. You may end up with straight teeth and the same or worse TMj problem. Get other opinions from TMJ experts before ortho treatment.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to eat an ice cream sandwich with braces on?

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Dr. Robert Devin
Dentistry 47 years experience
Ice cream and Braces: Yes. Enjoy. But understand anytime you eat be prepared to brush...Yes brush 7 times a day .If you like 3 meals and 4 snacks them brush again. But eat what you like ...Just brush again. I did and i wore braces at 60y/o for 14 months. My best dr. D.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happen after you take off your braces?

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Dr. Dave Burns
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Retainers: Once the bite is correct and all of your teeth are straight the dentist will remove all of the brackets and adhesive that held your brackets. After you are cleaned up he will take impressions for retainers that you will wear all the time for 6 months then nightly for many years. Some offices place permanent wires behind your upper and lower 6 front teeth however makes it difficult to floss and kee.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can doctors tell me what does the triangle elastics do for braces?

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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Movement: They creat a force that help move the teeth in a manner than can not be achieved without them.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to eat without it hurting when ggetting new braces?

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Dr. Jacklyn Kurth
Orthodontics 22 years experience
2-3 days: It will take a few days for your lips and cheeks to get used to the feel of the braces and for your teeth to adjust to the 'pressure'. Most patients feel they can eat normally again between 2-3 days after the placement of new braces.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What would you suggest I do to convince my dentist to let me have braces?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Many factors: Many factors go into the decision to proceed with orthodontic care... Your post contains no info on your oral health, your occlusion, or your treatment objectives. You can't convince your dentist to start ortho care if he does not deems it appropriate for your mouth. Have this dentist explain his/her reasoning.

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