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Can You Get Braces If You Don T Need Them
Dental School: Go to the nearest Dental School and try to get into their post doctoral Orthodontic treatment program as a patient. You will have to go through the regular program to become a patient and then be referred to the specialty program. Check out what schools are near you. Be determined and patient. Good Luck. ...Read more
So, I haven't been wearing my rubber bands (for my braces) for a while now and I was supposed to get them out (my braces) next month but I?
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Time will resolve: Until then 1) 1 advil/motrin/ibuprofen every 4 hrs w food or liquids, 2) 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water 3x/day as a rinse, 3) put orthodontic wax onto "stickers, " 4) dab orabase-b onto sore spots w q-tip, 5) keep mouth immaculately clean, 6) eat soft high-protein diet. Sticking pins into your orthodontist's business card also helps. ...Read more
Retainers required: Supervised retention following orthodontic treatment is almost always required and a part of your treatment plan. At least for a period of time following active treatment, this usually means you need to wear removable or bonded retainers while bone hardens around teeth in their new positions. Also, some slight shifting of teeth as time passes is to be expected as you use them. ...Read more
Brace tightening, but no pain? When I get my braces tightened, I hardly never feel any pain, especially like I did when first getting them placed on. Does this mean the braces aren't working? Oh and got braces on november 3, 2011 (about 5 months ago). Co
No & congrats: Pain is not a good thing. Most adjustment SHOULD BE painless. If you see your teeth moving over the months, then its working. ...Read more
I have braces and have been wanting a tongue ring for a while, but I don't know if I should get one if I have braces?
Bad news: Cracked teeth, tmj, dental caries, tonsil problems and possibly higher rate of std and infection. If you want all of this get the ring. Otherwise do the smart thing and don't. ...Read more
Different reasons: Some adults seek orthodontic treatment for purely cosmetic reasons to correct unsightly crowding or an uneven smile line. Others seek treatment for functional reasons associated with an uneven bite, destructive wear patterns, and difficulty chewing. Patients with jaw joint problems or facial pain when chewing may also seek an orthodontist for relief. ...Read more
Yes: How and by who is the question. One should go back to the office where the appliances were delivered and ask for their removal. If one has moved to another provider, he or she should be able to remove them correctly. You should have a trained orthodontist remove them so as not to damage the teeth. ...Read more
Because?: Can you get braces "just because"? Because of what? You don't need them but just want them for no particular reason? An ethical orthodontic specialist normally won't simply put braces on your teeth unless there is a reason for correcting something. But just "to have them"? I am doubting it, unless its for an acting part for a movie/tv/play. ...Read more
Reasons for braces: There are several reasons why to get braces. The orthodontic treatment important to your health and lifestyle. First of all to prevent general and dental health problems. Then improved confidence and self-esteem. The goals for your treatment are between you and your orthodontist. ...Read more
A great smile: You'll get a functional, esthetic, stable smile that you will be proud of. On the way expect to experience some periodic soreness and tenderness, which you will find to be exceptionally manageable. Ask your qualified orthodontist for suggestions...He/she has lots of suggestions to help. ...Read more
Depends on severity: The more complex your malocclusion, the longer it will take to resolve it. Average time in braces for kids about 18 mo. Takes a little longer in adults. The better you follow instructions, the sooner braces come off. Make sure you're seeing a qualified orthodontic specialist, and don't be afraid to ask questions. ...Read more
Brace age: There is no set age for braces, it's completely individualized. Some things are better to be fixed at an earlier age. If you wait too late then sometimes things that could have been fixed are more difficult later on and may require extractions and/or surgery. This is why the american association of orthodontists recommends an evaluation by age 7. ...Read more
Sometimes: It is very common for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment to experience some discomfort from time to time. Taking advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) and having a soft diet will often be the only adjustments needed to handle the discomfort associated with adjustment of the braces. ...Read more
The order of rx should be:
1. Control infection (cavities, gum disease, etc)
2. Move teeth/jaws into best possible relationships
3. Do final gum treatment and restorations
have your cavities fixed before you straighten your teeth. It's highly unlikely that a qualified orthodontic specialist would risk moving diseased teeth. ...Read more
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