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Can you get braces if you still have some baby teeth?

Can you get braces if you still have some baby teeth?

When to start Ortho: When to start orthodontic care is decided on a case by case basis. Certain situations warrant early intervention to prevent more serious malocclusions & may be initiated years prior to losing all one's primary (baby) teeth. Other situations warrant treatment once all baby teeth are out. It's very common to start during the transition phase. It's never too early to get an orthodontic consult. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can you still get braces even though you have a few baby teeth left?

Can you still get braces even though you have a few baby teeth left?

Braces: Yes. This happens when jaw growth needs to be modified. Skeletal (bone) growth has a different timing then tooth development. So sometimes it's best to start early or even do stages of orthodontics to get the best result. ...Read more

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What to do if I still have baby teeth and im 18, I'm looking for an alternative for braces?

What to do if I still have baby teeth and im 18, I'm looking for an alternative for braces?

Two issues:: The first issue is whether or not you need orthodontics due to a malocclusion (bad bite) or for esthetic reasons. The second issue is how to deal with the baby teeth. If your occlusion is bad, only conventional orthodontics or invisalign can improve that. If the baby teeth need to be removed, I would recommend implant supported crowns. You will need to discuss all these issues with your own dds. ...Read more

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Please tell me if you can get braces with baby teeth?

Please tell me if you can get braces with baby teeth?

Ortho\baby teeth: Your information says that you are 46 years old. If that's accurate, yes you should be able to have orthodontic treatment even though you might still have some retained baby teeth present. However, baby teeth should not be moved orthodontically. Additionally, you should get a consult ; consider removing those teeth are replacing them with implants if possible ; appropriate. Find out your options. ...Read more

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I have a daughter, she is 13, she still has eight baby teeth and she's tried to wiggle them but they won't budge, will she still be able to have braces?

I have a daughter, she is 13, she still has eight baby teeth and she's tried to wiggle them but they won't budge, will she still be able to have braces?

Ortho evaluation: Start by taking your daughter for a consult with an orthodontist. The orthodontist will work with your dentist to establish a treatment plan and the best time to start treatment. Sometimes baby teeth need to be removed if they are impeding the eruption of the permanent teeth. Many orthodontists do not charge for this initial consultation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how many baby teeth can remain in your mouth in order to get braces?

Can you tell me how many baby teeth can remain in your mouth in order to get braces?

No set #: Orthodontic treatment is not a commodity, it's a service. Everyone is unique, with unique problems and unique solutions. This is a rx decision your orthodontist needs to make with you based on his diagnostic findings. Go now for an examination. Better to go too early and be told "not yet" than too late and be told "oops.". ...Read more

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Does a child have to wait till all his baby teeth are out before he gets braces?

Does a child have to wait till all his baby teeth are out before he gets braces?

Braces: Although braces are placed on permanent teeth, an orthodontic consult should be done early on. With a complete treatment plan formulated, necessary extractions or appliances can be planned accordingly. Getting an early start on orthodontic planning, can minimize the time in braces and maximize the outcome. ...Read more

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I have more baby teeth than adult teeth. I really want braces but is that a good idea?

I have more baby teeth than adult teeth. I really want braces but is that a good idea?

Need evaluation: If at age 36 you have many baby teeth present in your mouth it is important to find out if you have missing permanent teeth or impacted permanent teeth. Just because permanent teeth are missing does not mean that you need orthodontic treatment, but orthodontics can probably simplify your restorative requirement. Why not see a qualified orthodontic specialist for an examination and opinion. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to have the rest of my baby teeth and braces put on at the exact same time?

Can you explain if it's possible to have the rest of my baby teeth and braces put on at the exact same time?

Ask a Pro: I assume at 33 you have over-retained baby teeth with no underlying permanent teeth. Removal of baby teeth best done by your General Dentist or an Oral Surgeon. Malocclusion correction best done by an Orthodontic Specialist. See an Orthodontist for diagnosis, treatment planning, and staging of the phases of your malocclusion correction. ...Read more

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Hi, how long after getting braces put on and baby teeth extracted can a "fake" tooth or "flipper" be put on the wire?

Hi, how long after getting braces put on and baby teeth extracted can a "fake" tooth or "flipper" be put on the wire?

Ask your orthodontis: Since you are currently in braces and are under the care of an orthodontist, he/she would be the best person to ask this question. In your case it might not be a matter of how soon/how long, but if it is appropriate and when is it most appropriate. Anything we say here would be insufficient compared with your current treating orthodontist's opinion. ...Read more

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My daughters baby teeth are crowded. Ortho wants 4 pulled but did not recommend an expander just braces phase 1. Why? Won't her adult teeth crowd?

My daughters baby teeth are crowded. Ortho wants 4 pulled but did not recommend an expander just braces phase 1. Why? Won't her adult teeth crowd?

Interesting: Usually when baby teeth are crowded the jaws are too small for all of the permanent teeth also. Removing certain baby teeth can allow front teeth to unravel so crowding is transferred to the back. Sometimes the crowding is so severe that arch development (expansion) can't overcome the amount of crowding. Your orthodontist has measured tooth size vrs space available. Ask for an explanation. ...Read more

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Does the orthodontist remove baby teeth before braces? Our 13 year old daughter is going to need braces, and before the first appointment I would like to know if orthodontists usually pull all the baby teeth before braces are put on? .

Rarely: At this age, I would put braces on first, protect the arch length, and then if necessary remove the remaining baby teeth. This is termed full use of leeway space and is the space gained between the size of baby second molar and adult 2nd bicuspids. It may mean the difference between need for adult tooth extraction in the overall plan. ...Read more

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Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Not unusual: If twelve baby teeth, then also would have twelve permanent teeth. You went through the first phase of treatment and should expect a second phase of treatment after 28 permanent teeth are present after a "dental age" of 12 years. Ask your orthodontist for more explanation. ...Read more

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Baby teeth- how important are baby teeth? Can rotten baby teeth affect babies? When should I take baby to the doctor?

Baby teeth- how important are baby teeth? Can rotten baby teeth affect babies? When should I take baby to the doctor?

Yes. Peds dentist: Rotten baby teeth can reflect more than poor hygiene, and can sometimes be a sign of a nutritional or systemic disorder. Although they will be replaced by adult teeth, rotten teeth and associated bacteria in the mouth have been linked to heart disease in adults. Get your baby to a pediatric dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Should I get my baby teeth pulled out if I still have them at 18?

Should I get my baby teeth pulled out if I still have them at 18?

Retained baby teeth: Not necessarily. The question of keeping or removing those baby teeth depends on why they are still there. If there are no permanent to replace them then keeping the baby teeth, if they are healthy, is a good idea, assuming they are toward the back. Get some x-rays and discuss your options with your dentist. ...Read more

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Can I get invisalign if I still have 10 baby teeth?

Can I get invisalign if I still have 10 baby teeth?

Get them out!: If you are 44 and still have 10 baby teeth, you have much bigger issues than invisalign can solve. Run, don't walk to a dentist or orthodontist to address! ...Read more

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I am scheduled to get braces in two weeks but I still have a baby tooth. Are they going to pull it out?

I am scheduled to get braces in two weeks but I still have a baby tooth. Are they going to pull it out?

Primary tooth: They will likely coordinate with your dentist to get that tooth out of the way. It's not helping you and only gets in the way of getting your teeth straight. Extraction of a baby tooth is very easy, so don't worry about it. Think of it as a step to getting the beautiful straight smile that you want ...Read more

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I'm 24 years old and I still have all my baby teeth because there are no permanent teeth behind all of them. Can I just get dentures?

I'm 24 years old and I still have all my baby teeth because there are no permanent teeth behind all of them. Can I just get dentures?

Implants better: You could get dentures however, you will suffer bone loss over time and may end up a dental cripple in 20 years due to loss of bone under the dentures You should see a Prosthodontist for full evaluation to see what options you have.Implant treatment with fixed teeth would be best long-term solution. Due to not having any permanent teeth, and your youth, there may be a way to get medical insurance help ...Read more

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Can people with weak teeth still get braces?

Can people with weak teeth still get braces?

Yes, however: Weak teeth usually means a higher rate of decay. When brackets and bands are placed on teeth, they make it difficult to clean all the surfaces of your teeth. Without immaculate home care during ortho, you are high risk of decay. You might consider invisalign orthodontics. Its easier to maintain and clean teeth with that system. ...Read more

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Baby Teeth (Definition)

The first teeth which are shed and replaced by permanent teeth. The first primary tooth comes in at about 6 months of age and the 20th and last primary tooth erupts at around 2 1/2 years of age. The primary teeth are replaced beginning usually at about age 6. Also called baby teeth, milk teeth, temporary ...Read more


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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