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Doctor insights on: Closing Gaps With Braces

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I am worried my extraction gaps are not closing i have metal braces i wear rubberbands but i am scared to wear them at night i might swallow it help?

I am worried my extraction gaps  are not closing i have metal braces i wear rubberbands  but i am scared to wear them at night i might swallow it help?

Rubber Bands: You must wear the rubber bands as directed by your orthodontist. Failure to do so may result in your teeth not moving as desired. Chances are very, very slim that you would swallow a rubber band. Even if you do, it should pass without consequence. Speak to your orthodontist. ...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


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I'm getting braces to close up gaps between small teeth- how fast do they usually start closing?

I'm getting braces to close up gaps between small teeth- how fast do they usually start closing?

Braces: Average time 3-4 months but there are so many factors that can make this faster or slower such as extractions, rotated teeth, your age, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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I want to get braces but it have a space teeth and my tongue comes out slightly, will closing my gap affect my speech especially ch, sh, j, dr sounds ?

I want to get braces but it have a space teeth and my tongue comes out slightly, will closing my gap affect my speech especially ch, sh, j, dr sounds ?

Mostly: When the oral environment is normalized, usually neuromuscular problems diminish. Straightening your teeth may improve speech. For a very small percentage of people their neuromuscular pattern overcomes their bodies ability to compensate. Best advice, talk to an orthodontic specialist about your particular problem set. ...Read more

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Braces wire bent where tube and gap are while eating piece of fruit. Ortho office closed until Monday. Advice on what to do? It hurts

Braces wire bent where tube and gap are while eating piece of fruit. Ortho office closed until Monday. Advice on what to do? It hurts

Pain: Take 1 ibuprofen 4x/day, rinse w 1 tsp salt in 8pz warm water. Call Treating Dentist or (hopefully) Orthodontic Specialist for appt 1st thing Monday Morning. If you have any long unsupported spans eat soft diet, cut food up into small pieces. ...Read more

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My gap closed. Is it best if I surgically remove the remaining skin between my 2 front teeth during my braces or after. Bc I wanna remove it asap

My gap closed. Is it best if I surgically remove the remaining skin between my 2 front teeth during my braces or after. Bc I wanna remove it asap

See orthodontist: A variety of treatments are available for your condition. However, consulting with your orthodontist is the best way to achieve your treatment goals. Orthodontists are trained three years longer than a general dentist. If needed, you will be referred to a general dentist or an oral surgeon for the necessary procedure. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a gap in my front teeth and a lil gum separating them. I got my braces and it's closed but the gums became puffy and big (behind & in front)?

I have a gap in my front teeth and a lil gum separating them. I got my braces and it's closed but the gums became puffy and big (behind & in front)?

Normal usually: this is a normal response when closing gaps and will usually resolve with time and good hygiene. Make sure you talk with your dentist about this issue and follow his advice. ...Read more

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Braces, pre-molars extracted, gap closed, is it possible to put dental implants in the old gap if needed?

Braces, pre-molars extracted, gap closed, is it possible to put dental implants in the old gap if needed?

Depends: Premolar or bicuspid extractions are usually performed in conjunction with orthodontic therapy when there is insufficient space for proper alignment of the teeth. The orthodontist uses the spaces created by the extractions to move teeth into those spaces. If the space created by the extraction is not completely utilized and there is adequate space, an implant can sometimes be placed. ...Read more

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Could i close a gap without braces?

Could i close a gap without braces?

Perhaps: I would hope you want the best looking, healthiest teeth ; have it remain that way for the rest of your life. There are options ; what is best varies from patient to patient. Ideally we would hope that orthodontic treatment alone can resolve gaps due to misaligned teeth. If the problem is instead due to variance in tooth contour harmony such as size, other restorative options may be the solution. ...Read more

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Will braces close all the gaps I have?

Will braces close all the gaps I have?

See an Orthodontist: Gaps between teeth are very common, and can be caused by a variety of conditions. You should see an orthodontist for evaluation and diagnosis. Then you and the orthodontist will discuss the overall treatment plan and prognosis. ...Read more

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Is there a way to fix gaps besides braces?

Is there a way to fix gaps besides braces?

Spacing of teeth: It depends on the size of your teeth. Ask your dentist if you would benefit from any cosmetic procedures to add on to your teeth to close the spaces. Ask about bonding and/or vaneers, . ...Read more

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Would it be worth it to fix a small gap with braces?

Subjective: It depends if its worth it to you. For some people the answer will be yes and others no. No one can really answer this for you but yourself. ...Read more

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How much time will it take for braces to fix my gaps?

How much time will it take for braces to fix my gaps?

Can't see them: Only your orthodontist can answer that question for you. Want teeth to move as quickly as possible? Keep teeth/gums immaculately clean &healthy. Don't damage your braces. Follow all instructions to the letter, don't cheat. ...Read more

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In how many months will a gap close when having braces?

In how many months will a gap close when having braces?

Depends: Depends on gap size and degree of torque that is being applied along with your tolerance level. Best to speak with your orthodontist. ...Read more

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Question about braces, are they necessary for a 4mm gap?

Question about braces, are they necessary for a 4mm gap?

What else?: What else is going on? Are teeth to narrow? Are they out of position? If teeth moved to close space, space opens on either side of th 2 teeth that are moved. Everyone's different. Go see an othodontic specialist for an individualized evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the alternatives to fixing a gap without braces?

What are the alternatives to fixing a gap without braces?

Several: Invisalign, clear braces, or lingual (invisible) braces are all alternatives. Cosmetic dentistry may be an option in some minor cases. Beware of "quick fix do-it-yourself" options from the internet as you may end up with disaster. Best to seek an opinion from a licensed orthodontic specialist. ...Read more

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