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My teeth are very crooked, so i need braces. what should i do?

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Orthodontist: See your orthodontist to discuss your options. Correcting the malocclusion and potentially destructive bite is very worthwhile.

Answered 1/30/2013

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Dr. David Schleimer answered

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Do it!: Firstly, no one needs braces. It is an elective therapy; that said, it is a wonderful gift to yourself that will add quality to your life and health. For the cost of a not so great used car that will be in a scrap yard in a few years, you will enjoy a lifetime of cosmetic and functional benefit. See a specialist if at all possible, i believe it is money better spent.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Daniel Quon answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Consult Orthodontist: Crooked teeth can contribute to a number of potential problems including difficulty in chewing, periodontal problems, decay, as well as bite problems which may be a precursor to other more significant problems. An orthodontic evaluation would be recommended to determine what type of problems you are facing, and what type, if any treatment may be recommended.

Answered 3/2/2013

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Ask for referral: Ask your family dentist to refer you to the best qualified orthodontic specialist that he knows. Initial orthodontic examination usually free or very low cost. Get all the information that you can, then go for it. You'll be so glad you did.

Answered 9/5/2013

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Dr. Stephen Gordon answered

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See your dentist: Many general dentists perform a significant number of orthodontic cases. If your situation is too difficult, or if your dentist is not comfortable performing orthodontic treatment, then have them refer you to an orthodontist. Note: a well trained general dentist could effectively treat 80% of all tooth movement conditions in their dental practice. www.fastbraces.com for a dentist near you.

Answered 12/9/2013

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