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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 ?

Orthodontics: Age should not be a factor. If orthodontic care is indicated for your malocclusion, then you should consider it. Please consult with a local orthodontist for further advice. Performed properly, the treatment will not damage your teeth or bones. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 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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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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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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Without an insurance, how would it cost to get braces and retainer just on top part of the teeth!?

Without an insurance, how would it cost to get braces and retainer just on top part of the teeth!?

Same cost: The price of dental procedures will cost the same amout whether you have insurance or not as dentists are not allowed to have separate fees for the same procedure. Talk to your dentist and get a second or third opinion, but the teeth should be straightened so the bite, muscles and upper quadrant function in harmony. ...Read more

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I've heard that lingual braces cost more than the front-of-the-teeth sort. Is this true? Do they function just the same? I'm looking into closing spaces between my front four teeth without going with standard braces and so I am am trying to choose between

I've heard that lingual braces cost more than the front-of-the-teeth sort. Is this true? Do they function just the same? I'm looking into closing spaces between my front four teeth without going with standard braces and so I am am trying to choose between

Would not recommend: Lingual braces. They have their issues-- can cut your tongue, often impact speech, difficult to treat. We tried these for a while and decided not to treat using them. If you need an invisable solution, would strongly recommend you consider invisalign instead. Or better yet, consider clear brackets. ...Read more

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Are dietary restrictions the same with invisalign as with regular braces? I'm thinking about straightening my teeth, and despite the extra cost, i like what i've read about invisalign versus going with regular braces. I would like to know if i choose invi

Different: Braces require that you stay away from hard, sticky and chewy foods, but the braces work even while you are eating. Invisalign appliances have to be removed for meals or snacks, so no food restrictions, but they don't work unless they are in your mouth, and you spend more than an hour a day eating. Additionally clear trays have to be removed for sugary/acidic drinks, reducing their effectiveness. ...Read more

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Hi! is it ok to cut my my extra gums coz its already swollen because of my braces (i have gap issue before in the center teeth)? How much will it cost

Hi! is it ok to cut my my extra gums coz its already swollen because of my braces (i have gap issue before in the center teeth)? How much will it cost

Gums: Yes it is. Be sure your hygiene is excellent from now on so you do not have to do this again. Costs vary however i would seek out a skilled periodontist (gum specialist). ...Read more

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