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Can you tell me if i could get teeth clean or gum clean when I have ceramic braces?

Can you tell me if i could get teeth clean or gum clean when I have ceramic braces?

Braces and cleaning: Yes, you can have your teeth cleaned while wearing braces. Ceramic brackets, like their metal counterparts, are fixed to your teeth. This makes effective brushing difficult, but not impossible. Your dentist or orthodontist will give you at-home care instructions. However, it is quite common for patients to miss small areas of plaque. That makes professional cleaning especially important. ...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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If you remove ceramic braces after two weeks what negative consequences are there? Can teeth become worse? Damage enamel? Lose teeth?

If you remove ceramic braces after two weeks what negative consequences are there? Can teeth become worse? Damage enamel? Lose teeth?

Probably not: Removing braces after only two weeks should not normally cause a problem. However, ceramic braces must be removed carefully, because if not, enamel could be damaged. ...Read more

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Are ceramic braces and metal braces equally effective as treatment for crooked teeth?

Are ceramic braces and metal braces equally effective as treatment for crooked teeth?

Personal preference: Ceramic braces are the exactly same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. The same treatment, the same goal, the same great outcome. ...Read more

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I stated my ceramic Braces treatment 4months ago, got 2 teeth pulled out, yesterday my doctor noticed that I have very short roots on my front teeth What should I do please help. can I switch TREATMET?

I stated my ceramic Braces treatment 4months ago, got 2 teeth pulled out, yesterday my doctor noticed that I have very short roots on my front teeth What should I do please help. can I switch TREATMET?

In 4 Months?: Guadalupe, you stated you began treatment 4 months ago. How did your doctor notice you had short roots now, but not 4 months ago? Were X-rays taken BEFORE you began treatment? Are you saying your Dr. took more x-rays 4 months after treatment started or took the 1st x-rays 4 months after treatment started? That bit of information is most important. ...Read more

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Going to get ceramic braces on both arches. Any reason why the doctor wouldn't recommend metallic on the lower arch? Any risk of tooth chipping?

Going to get ceramic braces on both arches. Any reason why the doctor wouldn't recommend metallic on the lower arch? Any risk of tooth chipping?

Esthetics: They look nicer-less metal in your mouth. There is no more danger to the teeth with ceramic instead of metal, although the bracket may chip easier. ...Read more

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I am going to be getting ceramic/clear braces soon on my top teeth. It won't be as noticeable as metal braces but will it still change my appearance?

I am going to be getting ceramic/clear braces soon on my top teeth. It won't be as noticeable as metal braces but will it still change my appearance?

Yes: Like any other kind of braces, it can dramatically improve your smile and overall profile and facial shape and appearance. We get just as amazing, life changing results with ceramics as we do with metal braces (although sometimes they take a bit longer). ...Read more

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Just got braces today. Have bite blocks but some teeth still seem to touch the ceramic brackets. Is this nornal? Will it break? When will it feel norm

Just got braces today. Have bite blocks but some teeth still seem to touch the ceramic brackets. Is this nornal? Will it break? When will it feel norm

Get checked: Sometimes brackets touch opposing teeth when you bite. This is a reason a bite block would be used initially to protect against bracket loss or tooth soreness. Perhaps the block needs to be adjusted. Do not hesitate to get this checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it advicable for a 22+ years old average person to wear braces for teeth? Will it cause damage for teeth since the person's teeth won't grow ?

Is it advicable for a 22+ years old average person to wear braces for teeth?  Will it cause damage for teeth since the person's teeth won't grow ?

Very safe: Almost 30% of all Orthodontic patients are adults. Tooth movement is achieved by moving intact teeth through bone, causing the bone to remodel. See a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist for most efficient competent treatment. ...Read more

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Will lips appear smaller after having your braces for teeth protrusion?

Will lips appear smaller after having your braces for teeth protrusion?

Possibly: If lips appeared extremely protruded due to position of teeth, then correction with braces the lips will appear to be less protruded and possibly smaller. ...Read more

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I took off my orthodontic braces and still have some adhesive on my teeth. What is the best way to remove teeth adhesive?

I took off my orthodontic braces and still have some adhesive on my teeth. What is the best way to remove teeth adhesive?

Need a professional: There is no safe way for you to remove orthodontic adhesive by yourself. Only a dentist or orthodontist is qualified and has the correct instruments to safely remove adhesive without damage to the tooth or surrounding soft tissues. Be safe, protect your teeth, seek professional assistance. ...Read more

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Can TMJ braces also help with the alignment in your teeth like orthodontic braces? (silly question, i know, but i'm just curious)

Can TMJ braces also help with the alignment in your teeth like orthodontic braces? (silly question, i know, but i'm just curious)

TMJ appliances: There are Orthotic appliances that are used to temporarily reposition the relationship of the lower jaw to the upper jaw. An example= MORA (Mandibular Orthopedic Re-positioning Appliance). This can be used to confirm correct position of jaw and then restore on a permanent basis with Orthodontic treatment or restorations or both. The two are very different but can be used in combination for success. ...Read more

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Removal of enlarged tonsils, 20 lb wt loss cured severe osa. Debating orthodontic braces but need teeth extracted. Can teeth removals reintroduce osa?

Removal of enlarged tonsils, 20 lb wt loss cured severe osa. Debating orthodontic braces but need teeth extracted. Can teeth removals reintroduce osa?

NO: But, correcting a bad bite will make your life more comfortable. If you have 12 cars and 10 parking spaces the cars will not fit. The same is true with the teeth. The orthodontist can push the teeth out of the parking lot (tip them off the bone which is not healthy) or extract teeth and utilize the space to align them, you are better off to do nothing if you decline extractions. ...Read more

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Can you eat cesar salad with grilled chicken with ceramic braces? Are there any extra precautions needed?

Can you eat cesar salad with grilled chicken with ceramic braces?   Are there any extra precautions needed?

Brittle: Ceramic braces are a bit more brittle than metal braces, and they are slightly larger. They are more susceptible to becoming dislodged and they may fracture. They also have a tendency to slightly change color over ther course of treatment. Be careful. Don't cheat. Totally avoid anything hard, sticky, or chewy. For example, ask them to make the Chicken Cesar Salad without the croutons. ...Read more

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Could ceramic braces cause stain?

Could ceramic braces cause stain?

No: as long as you continue to do a good job brushing and flossing and getting regular cleanings every 6 months. ...Read more

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Would ceramic braces change my appearance?

Yes: Both ceramic and metal braces are noticeable, the ceramic less so. Braces move your lips forward about a tenth of an inch until they are removed. As your teeth/jaws are aligned, your smile will broaden become more symmetric, and more pleasing. It's worth it. ...Read more

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Will red fruit juices stain my ceramic braces?

Will red fruit juices stain my ceramic braces?

It can: but its unlikely. As Dr. malerman noted, if you rinse your mouth afterward you should be just fine. the rubber bands, if they are the clear ones, are more likely to stain, but the orthodontist will replace these every 6 weeks or so. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink non-carbonated alcohol with ceramic braces?

Is it safe to drink non-carbonated alcohol with ceramic braces?

Yes you can: Avoiding carbonation is to avoid acidic drinks that etch your teeth around the brackets. In general you should also avoid, fruit juices, red wine, and a carbonated drinks. The alcohol in itself is not contraindicated (in moderation). ...Read more

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Can i use invisalign after using ceramic braces for one year after performing 4 X extraction... to complete treatment of two years?

Can i use invisalign after using ceramic braces for one year after performing 4 X extraction...
to complete treatment of two years?

Possibly: It depends on how much tooth movement still remains to be done. There are some types of tooth movement that cannot be done by Invisalign retainers. The person who can give you the best guidance is the orthodontist who is treating you. ...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