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When I was younger, I had to wear head gear and braces to correct my overbite/overjet. My frnt teeth have since shifted forward. Will Visalign correct?
Not usually: The correct treatment for your back pain depends on the proper diagnosis as to what is causing your back pain. It can be muscular, a facet joint or alignment issue, SI joint issue, disc problem, arthritis, connective tissue disorder and others. A proper evaluation with appropriate imaging should help identify the cause and direct your provider to a proper course of treatment. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Misaligned jaw/crossbite?I had braces before and don't wear my retainer.Do i need braces again to fix?Also my teeth hit when talking and arent lined up
Relapse: If you've had orthodontic treatment and did not wear your retainers as directed, you teeth may have started to shift back to their former position, causing the symptoms that you describe. You will further ortho treatment to correct the relapse. Talk to a local orthodontist regarding your options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My braces came on today-my teeth are straight except one crooked tooth.Next visit in 12 weeks- will there be any movement until adjustment- small/big?
Yes: You will experience movement in tiny increments each time you have adjustments. You will any movement by a bit of soreness. Adjustments for movement must be made slowly so as not to damage the teeth or surrounding bone. Moving them too fast can cause shortened roots. However, there will be some movement occurring right away, although it will be slight. ...Read more
Been diagnosed w moderate TMJ w headaches, neck pain, numbness etc - 4 stage treatment suggested 1- bottom retainer for aligning jaw, 2- Max Growth appliance, 3- braces, 4- retainer . THis sound like correct approach? anything else i should ask?
Laforte II & mandibular osteotomy 23 yrs ago. Bite evening up now - bruxism/tongue biting @night. Could braces/2nd surgery be required? Tmj too now.
Unlikely.: Unlikely. Complex problem. See TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Removing braces after 6 days b/c severe anxiety. Wires off today. Brackets next week. Teeth feel a little loose in front. Normal? Can teeth be worse?
Im almost 18 and I have a slight underbite. My molar teeth are aligned and I have overcrowding on my upper teeth. Can my underbite be cured by braces?
I had my braces removed yesterday and now have u/l permanent retainers. I have a gap open between my teethand i will be getting my hawley retainers next week. Will hawley retainers help close the gap?
Likely Yes : If you like your smile, you have to love your retainers! sounds like your doctor is very conscientious, using both permanent (glued onto the inside of the front teeth) and removable (hawley) retainers! if the space is small and in the front, a hawley retainer will generally take care of the gap. Have your doctor evaluate it when you pick up your retainers. Congratulations! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I had my braces removed yesterday and had u/l perm retainers attached to 6 front teeth. A gap has opened between 2 teeth. Will hawley retainer fix it?
I removed braces, but I didn't wear my retainers regularly, there had been shifting in my teeth. I'm hoping if I can use spring retainers to correct?
Call for answer: Depends on what coverage your employer bought from the ins co's list. Most plans that have orthodontic riders partially fund treatment up to age 18-19. As an adult w a severe open bite you may also need jaw surgery, and again coverage varies. Call you insurance carrier or your companies hr department, then go see an orthodontist for an exam. They've had that question before. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
30 years ago, i had scoli surgery/harr rods/luque wires/t-2 - l3. 20 years ago hardware removal. X-ray just showed curves increased to 47! please explain?
Pseudarthrosis: When had procedure for scoliosis included harrington rods, wires, as well as bone graft placement.When took rods out rely on bone graft holding spine in place with reduced curvature. It is possible that the bone graft developed a cleft that allows movement and increase in curvature, sometimes pain. Orthopedic specialist should be able to solve this with imaging such as bone scan and/or ct or mr. ...Read more
Teeth r straight Recently my wisdom tooth has been growing & my back teeth is starting to get crooked Is there anyway to get them straight w/o braces
Common treatment: Often patients do not have enough room for all their teeth to fit even if the orthodontist moves them around. Some teeth are more important for proper function than others. Canines are more importent than premolars, so in order to have room to fit the more important canines the less important first premolars are often extracted. About 1/3 of orthodontic patients need this done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is my underbite skeletal? When i was young, i have a perfect bite but when my permanent teeth pop out my teeth are misaligned and i had an underbite.
Ask: Ask a qualified Orthodontic Specialist who treats problems like yours all day long every day. The Orthodontist can tell you, to a high level of certainty, whether your malocclusion is dental, skeletal, or both, just by examining you. A skull (cephalometric) x-ray would confirm the observational opinion. Go see an Orthodontic Specialist, initial exam usually free or low cost. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have slight crowding on my top teeth. I had braces , my retainer does not fit anymore. Any methods i can take without braces or invisalign?
Not really: That ship has sailed. 2 choices: 1) do nothing and watch relapse intensify, or 2) restraighten teeth and then diligently retain the correction. Know that if you have teeth capped to make them look straighter, and they continue to shift, you will have wasted the cost of the caps. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Do i need to fix my overbite? I'm an adult who never had braces, has straight teeth and an overbite. My overbite isn't huge i don't think, but my upper teeth do cover my lower teeth when my mouth is closed. I've read that overbites can cause problems late
Some is normal !: Some amount of overbite is normal. Your upper teeth are supposed to cover part of your lower teeth. Normal overbite can range from about 20%-75% depending on how the rest of the bite is set up. If you do not grind your teeth or have jaw joint (TMJ) pain, then most likely your amount of overbite is fine for you. Ask your dentist what they think at your next visit, but i wouldn't be overly concerned. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Scoliosis: That is a pretty severe curve. Any idea about recent progression? If neurologic symptoms worsen, and the curve magnitude worsens, you may need to have an orthopedic spine surgeon discuss surgical options with you. Please go see my mentors at the rothman institute in philadelphia. They are the best! good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer