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Would ceramic braces change my appearance?

Would ceramic braces change my appearance?

Yes: Both ceramic and metal braces are noticeable, the ceramic less so. Braces move your lips forward about a tenth of an inch until they are removed. As your teeth/jaws are aligned, your smile will broaden become more symmetric, and more pleasing. It's worth it. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Would ceramic/clear braces change my appearance?

Would ceramic/clear braces change my appearance?

Of course: Any type of braces will change your appearance. Therefore, ceramic braces will definitely improve your appearance and function. You will be thrilled with the results. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what is the whitest shade achievable with teeth bleaching?

I'm wondering what is the whitest shade achievable with teeth bleaching?

American Standard: Although everyone responds differently to the whitening gels, i've seen teeth whiter than bathroom porcelain... My ceramist calls it "toilet bowl white". On the vita shade scale, that is lighter than b1, the lightest "natural" shade the company manufactures. Hope this info helps... ...Read more

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Which looks more natural: ceramic braces or metal braces?

Which looks more natural: ceramic braces or metal braces?

Ortho outcome: The most important question to ask yourself, is what am I trying to accomplish and what is the best way to achieve that goal? Hopefully you want the best aesthetic look and the healthiest teeth and gums. Therefore find the best Orthodontist you can and discuss how best to achieve your goals. Each system has pros and cons. See what is best for you. ...Read more

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Damon braces (notmetal) vs lingual? My dr claims damon aremore effective,they make smile wider, reduce dark triangles. is he biased?he only does damon

Damon braces (notmetal) vs lingual? My dr claims damon aremore effective,they make smile wider, reduce dark triangles. is he biased?he only does damon

See a pro: General dentist's who do braces are not as trains or as skilled as Orthodontic Specialists. An Orthodontist knows that the training and skill of the operator is more important then the gadget. Lingual appliances take longer to treat. Damon appliances tend to flare teeth outward. Please seek a specialist's opinion. ...Read more

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Are there differences in orthodontic/orthopedic outcome that can be expected using MARA appliance & braces vs. braces & elastics to correct an overjet?

Are there differences in orthodontic/orthopedic outcome that can be expected using MARA appliance & braces vs. braces & elastics to correct an overjet?

Gold standard: Gold standard is braces. More important than the hardware, however, is the operating system.. A fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist would know, for example, that you can't do Orthopedic Treatment on a non-growing individual. Please don't try to self-diagnose and treatment plan. See an expert, an Orthodontic Specialist, who will be able to properly guide you. ...Read more

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Are composite veneers the best choice for whitening teeth with enamel loss?

Are composite veneers the best choice for whitening teeth with enamel loss?

Depends: Depends on your expectations, and long term goals, be aware that composites do change color and stain over time, they are not as durable as lab made veneers, but with a great cosmetic dentist who layers the resin and tints, and applies opalescence and proper translucencies, they can look just as nice as an exceptional ceramist lab made veneer. ...Read more

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Are invisalign and braces behind your teeth (lingual braces) equivalent to regular braces?

Are invisalign and braces behind your teeth (lingual braces) equivalent to regular braces?

Not equivalent: Traditional braces are still the gold standard, best result in shortest time. Clear aligners are only about half as effective as braces, with higher risk of relapse because of inability to ideally position roots in supporting bone. They are also not effective for complex issues. Lingual braces take longer, are harder to get used to, and "finishing" can be a challenge. ...Read more

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Which is better metal speed braces or clear ceramic braces?

Which is better metal speed braces or clear ceramic braces?

Types of Braces: Metal "speed" braces are a brand of "self ligating" braces. Clear ceramic/crystalline braces are more esthetic. It is most important to select the orthodontic specialist that you believe will treat you best as opposed to picking the type of braces. Normally, metal vs clear brackets work similarly. ...Read more

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Will crest whitestripes totally erase my tooth discoloration?

Will crest whitestripes totally erase my tooth discoloration?

May not: The white strips may not lighten your teeth as much as you would like. See a dentist for other options that can have better and faster lightening. ...Read more

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Can crest 3d toothpaste make your smile whiter? Enamel renewal and stain protection ?

Can crest 3d toothpaste make your smile whiter? Enamel renewal and stain protection ?

Probably not: A lot of the advertisements you see on television for toothpaste, mouthwash, and toothbrushes are overly dramatized. These ads are designed to make you buy more products at inflated prices. Toothpaste does not really work to whiten because the whitening agent is not on your teeth long enough. The most economical way to effectively whiten is with custom made trays and whitening gel from a dentist. ...Read more

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Will teeth bleaching or using the bleaching strips work on veneers?

Will teeth bleaching or using the bleaching strips work on veneers?

Nope: No. Only natural enamel will respond to the bleaching process. Existing restorations such as fillings, bonded composite, or bonded porcelain veneers will not bleach. They can be changed, but won't bleach. ...Read more

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Which is better: clear ceramic braces or metal braces?

Management decision: Both can be used to great avail to produce excellent results. It comes down to each orthodontic specialist's decision regarding personal preference. Clear braces can look good or less than ideal in different situations. Clear are a bit more uncomfortable to remove in "my opinion.". ...Read more

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Are ceramic braces and metal braces equally effective as treatment for crooked teeth?

Personal preference: Ceramic braces are the exactly same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. The same treatment, the same goal, the same great outcome. ...Read more

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Does using crest whiten strips and toothpaste help teeth be pearly white?

Maybe: They may. But its best to have professional whitening and use the otc products for maintenance. ...Read more

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Will crest whitestripes erase my tooth discoloration?

Will crest whitestripes erase my tooth discoloration?

Not really: Crest white strips or any otc similar product will only whiten teeth that are slightly yellow but healthy otherwise . If your discoloration is due to developmental issues : antibiotics taken in early years, hypo calcification from over fluoridation , then strips won't help. See your dentist for an evaluation! ...Read more

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Which method is more effective for teeth whitening zoom teeth whitening or crest - 3d professional effects white strips ?

Which method is more effective for teeth whitening     zoom teeth whitening or crest - 3d professional effects white strips ?

In office > strips: The whitening strips can be effective but if you want faster, more noticeable results, you would be happier with an in office, professionally administered whitening treatment like Zoom, Kor, Saphire, or any of the many systems offered by dentists in your area. You can always find someone running a special if cost is your main concern. ...Read more

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