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Can you get braces even though you don't need them?

Family practice: I'm not sure what you are asking. Do you feel you need braces. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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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What's the best way to get braces when you have low income and can't afford them?

What's the best way to get braces when you have low income and can't afford 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

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I can't eat with my painful new braces. How do I get over this?

I can't eat with my painful new braces. How do I get over this?

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

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I didn't get retainers after I got my braces off, should I have gotten some?

I didn't get retainers after I got my braces off, should I have gotten some?

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

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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

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Can anyone get braces?

Can anyone get braces?

Braces: There can be some limitations to who can get braces but most people who want a better smile. The limitations are based on health of the gums and bone as well as some types of medications. ...Read more

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Why do adults get braces?

Why do adults get braces?

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

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Can I get braces removed?

Can I get braces removed?

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

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Can I get braces just because?

Can I get braces just because?

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

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What are reasons to get braces?

What are reasons to get braces?

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

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What to expect when I get braces?

What to expect when I get braces?

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

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Can I get braces off 1 year early?

Can I get braces off 1 year early?

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

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Are crowns with braces safe to get?

Are crowns with braces safe to get?

Yes: Orthodontic brackets or braces can be applied a couple of different ways for teeth that have been crowned. Ask your licensed orthodontic specialist for advice for your specific concerns. ...Read more

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How old should you be to get braces?

How old should you be to get braces?

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

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Can it hurt to get braces tightened?

Can it hurt to get braces tightened?

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

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Can I get braces if I have a cravity?

Can I get braces if I have a cravity?

Bad idea: 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