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Are Orthodontists Wealthy
Not really: I guess that all depends upon what your definition of wealthy is. Most orthodontists make a good living, but they wouldn't be considered wealthy. However, some orthodontist do make a great deal of money. There are many factors which determine what the orthodontist makes. I would place orthodontists in the upper middle class as far as yearly salary goes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Uh, uh: While it may be easier to clean between widely spaced teeth, spacing can result in food impact ion as well as tipping or drifting teeth with resultant gum damage. Askmyour dentist for referral to an orthodontic specialist for evaluation and recommendation as to whether treatment is indicated or not. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Expenses > Tuition: The cost of running the educational component as well as the overhead costs of equipping and running a dental clinic where students can get experience treating patients, has lead most universities with budget problems to look at closing the dental school to save money and regain the space for other programs that cost less to provide. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why don't more orthodontists offer retainers over invisalign or braces? Are there any negative effects of retainers?
Why are Wilckodontics so much faster than traditional orthodontic treatment? When are Wilckodontics prescribed?
Unsubstantiated: For most patients wilkodontics is excessively extreme in both risk and cost. It may be justified in some cases but in 48 years of practicing and teaching orthodontics I haven't seen a case that couldn't be treated more simply, cheaply and most important, more safely with conventional methods. If you have $10,000.00 lying around, take a cruise! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I understand that dentists are doctors by virtue of thier title, education and training. But are dentists also "physicians" ?
Bit of both: Dentists are trained as "physicians of the head and neck" and so everything above the collar bone is considered their area of expertise. In addition to the mechanics of fixing teeth, dentists are increasingly having to view the entire body as a whole due to the effects the oral conditions have on systemic health. In the same way, conditions like diabetes have serious effects on teeth and gums. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
No way: Just because people in rural america are near farms or have more land doesn't mean they grow their own food. Plus, the problem is convenience and eating out. The service, convenience, and fast food industries in america are horrible - every chain restaurant and most single-location restaurants serve high-fat, high-cholesterol, high-salt, low nutrition foods for cost and speed. ...Read more
Snap on smile veneers that are offered by some dentists (they fit over your teeth and are removable), what's your opinion of them?
Temporary: A temporary, not a permanent, solution. Designed to provide a temporary esthetic correction. Don't try biting into anything chewer than a donut. Your Dentist, or the team of Orthodontist + Restorative Dentist, can provide you with a more esthetic, functional, stable, long lasting solution. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Possibly: Pardon if I've commented on this before. Food allergies are becoming more and more common; the food industry has been regulated to identify and label ingredients that are responsible for the most common food allergies. Beyond just labeling requirements, some companies cater to those with food allergies; I would think this is a good thing for those affected, unless priced inappropriately high. ...Read more
Yes: There is a large population of people who have impacted or unerupted wisdom teeth. Some patients know they have impacted or unerupted teeth, but chose not to have them removed. There is probably a large number of people who do not know they have an impacted tooth or teeth because they have not been to a dentist, or the teeth were not visualized on the smaller intraoral x-rays. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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