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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 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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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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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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