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A 48-year-old member asked:

can braces fix crooked teeth?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: That is what orthodontic appliances are for. It really depends on the severity of the malocclusion as to what treatment should be rendered, that's why it's best you consult with a local orthodontist.
Dr. Daniel Ormsby
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Yes: But every case can be fixed with braces alone. Some times the patient needs surgery to correct a jaw misalignment.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Orthodontics 35 years experience
Yes: That is what orthodontic braces do. There is also invisalign, another orthodontic option.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Depends: Orthodontic treatment straightens teeth. Braces are only one of the gadgets available to a qualified orthodontic specialist. Go for an initial examination to have all your questions answered.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Yes: See the Orthodontist - the specialist in braces. After a complete examination you can review your options. Sometimes the jaws are not in alignment to permit the best corrective positioning of your teeth. In these situations the Oral Surgeon can help by repositioning them. Together the 2 specialists can get the best result. Most often, however, the braces are all you need to get a fantastic result

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A member asked:

Crooked teeth? I know braces work, but are there any other options to fix front teeth that are crooked and have a gap between them? I'd rather use another method, if possible.

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Orthodontics 44 years experience
Most : Most orthodontists prefer braces for lots of reasons, the main one for me is that it affords greater controll. However, many orthodontis problems can be very well treated without using braces. Tw0 of the most common braces alternatives are invisalign and the crozat appliance.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Please understand that Invisalign and Crozt Rx take about as long, if not longer than braces, cost as much if not more, and are less than 50% as effective. There is a reason why orthodontists prefer braces, and that is the finess and control provided by fixed appliances resulting in a better, more long-lasting, more stable, more functional, and more esthetic result. Braces do not require "preparing" the teeth...they are a non-surgical option. Also, bonding or veneers have to be redone about every 10 years on average, each time requiring more tooth preparation.
Mar 10, 2013
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Orthodontics 44 years experience
Provided original answer
Dr. Malerman is 100% correct!
Mar 10, 2013
A 42-year-old member asked:

I really hate the dentist, but i need to get braces for my crooked teeth, what should I do?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Learn to Love: Don't know what your past experiences were at the dental office, but nowadays most offices do everything possible to make their patients comfortable. Get a recommendation from a friend or co-worker and go for a consultation. You'll know at that first visit if the office is right for you.
Dr. William Jakavick
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Hate is bad. LOL. But hating the dentist usually stems from fear, of either the unknown, or repeat of a past experience. your dental health is a very important part of your overall health though and should not be taken lightly. You should seek treatment where you feel most comfortable, and have trust in their recommendations. Visit offices, and find your fit.
Dec 7, 2013
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are other options for someone with crooked teeth but doesn't want braces?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Invisalign !: Invisalign uses a series of removable aligners to straighten your teeth. Although brackets and wires afford more control over tooth movement, very acceptable results can be achieved with the aligners. Consult with a local orthodontist.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can someone tell me how they fix straight crooked teeth without braces?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all general dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area. Pick one with the experience and enthusiasm to get great results without all the risks of braces!
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Know, however, that clear aligners are less than half as effective as braces in correcting malocclusions. Braces are still the gold standard. With that in mind, schedule and initial examination with an Orthodontic Specialist (usually free or modest cost) for more information.
Jul 23, 2014
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dr. Sal Aragona commented
Dentistry 41 years experience
Provided original answer
What we call that is provider bias and any results showing reduced efficiency of one method compared to another are invalid and only proves prejudice.
Jul 25, 2014
A 37-year-old member asked:

What problems can braces fix, aside from crooked teeth?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Orthodontics: Orthodontic care not only straightens teeth, but puts them into a more harmonious relationship with each other. This allows for easier brushing and flossing (helping prevent cavities and periodontal disease), and easier mastication. Better speech, appearance, and self-esteem follow.

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