Top
20
Doctor insights on: Braces Scoliosis Today

Share
1

1
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?

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?

Invisalign: Invisalign is one of many methods (along with conventional braces) to correct the position of teeth. Consult with an Orthodontist to find out what can and cannot be done and what is the best method for you at this time. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
Dr. Corey Clay
7 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Do posture correctors or lumbar braces work for back pain?

Do posture correctors or lumbar braces work for back pain?

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

3

3
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

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 more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
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?

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

5

5
I was wondering, do dentists really whiten teeth after braces?

I was wondering, do dentists really whiten teeth after braces?

Teeth whitening : It is recommended to wait 6 month before teeth whitening after braces. Then a professional teeth whitening without laser, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. You will be very happy with the results. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
7

7
Laforte II & mandibular osteotomy 23 yrs ago. Bite evening up now - bruxism/tongue biting @night. Could braces/2nd surgery be required? Tmj too now.

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 more

See 6 more doctor answers
9

9
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?

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?

Underbite: Sometimes teeth may appear to be in a good, stable position, but in reality, they are in a "compensated" position. Seeking an experienced orthodontist in conjunction with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon would be the next step. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
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 more

See 4 more doctor answers
13

13
Will blue care insurance cover braces? I have a severe open bite, and crooked teeth

Will blue care insurance cover braces? I have a severe open bite, and crooked teeth

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 more

See 3 more doctor answers
14

14
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?

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

15

15
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 ?

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
?

Invisalign: Invisalign uses a series of trays that place gentle forces on your teeth to gradually move them into proper position. Removal of the wisdom tooth may allow your second molar to move back into place without any treatment at all. ...Read more

16

16
I am having 4 bicuspids pulled for braces?

I am having 4 bicuspids pulled for 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 more

See 2 more doctor answers
17

17
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.

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 more

See 3 more doctor answers
18

18
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?

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 more

See 6 more doctor answers
19

19
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 more

See 4 more doctor answers
20

20
I have s-curve scoliosis. My lumbar curve is 54 deg. I have had intermittent numbness?

I have s-curve scoliosis. My lumbar curve is 54 deg. I have had intermittent numbness?

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Edward Hellman
583 doctors shared insights

Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

Scoliosis is the term given for a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane that is ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
1,072 doctors shared insights

Scoliosis (Definition)

A condition where patients have an abnormal curvature of ...Read more