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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Board Certified, Orthodontics
48 years in practice
17M people helped
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What appliances are used to straighten teeth?

Dr. Arnold Malerman
Board Certified, Orthodontics
48 years in practice
17M people helped
What appliances are used to straighten teeth?

In the US: Best option, braces, over 90% improvement. 2nd choice is any of the removable or semi-removable appliances! including clear aligners, with about a 50% or less improvement outcome. Treatment in the hands of a specialist is more successful than in the hands of a generalist. Success has more to do with the training, skill, and experience of the practitioner than in the type of gadget. ...Read more

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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9 years in practice
15M people helped
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Board Certified, Orthodontics
48 years in practice
17M people helped
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I'm 17. My right side has straight teeth, nice cheekbones, my left side has lots of lymphonodes, recessed orbital rim, and crooked teeth - why?

Dr. Arnold Malerman
Board Certified, Orthodontics
48 years in practice
17M people helped
I'm 17. My right side has straight teeth, nice cheekbones, my left side has lots of lymphonodes, recessed orbital rim, and crooked teeth - why?

Need to be examined: There are lots of answers to "why," but you need to be examined to determine cause and course of treatment. Sounds like you may need a team consisting of your Dentist, an Orthodontist, an Oral Surgeon, perhaps an ENT and/or Plastic Surgeon. Start with your Dentist, then follow his/her referral recommendations. ...Read more

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. David Schleimer
Board Certified, Orthodontics
33 years in practice
2M people helped
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Can tooth contouring be used to fix crooked teeth without braces? I have what i feel like are not very crooked teeth, and would like to know if tooth contouring might be an acceptable alternative to full braces when it comes to getting straight teeth? .

Dr. David Schleimer
Board Certified, Orthodontics
33 years in practice
2M people helped
Can tooth contouring be used to fix crooked teeth without braces? I have what i feel like are not very crooked teeth, and would like to know if tooth contouring might be an acceptable alternative to full braces when it comes to getting straight teeth?


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Unlikely: If your teeth are basically straight, but look uneven due to slight variations in vertical height, it is possible to "recontour" the edges to be more "in line", one must wear a retainer to make sure these reduced teeth do not move "up" again. This is a very rare scenario, but if it exists, it is one way to make it look better. Orthodontics is almost always preferred. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Johnson
Board Certified, Orthodontics
74K people helped
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Is there anyway to correct just one crooked tooth without resorting to orthodontia? Most of my teeth are perfectly straight, expect for one front tooth, which came in crooked for some reason. Is there any way to straighten just one tooth? .

Dr. Gregory Johnson
Board Certified, Orthodontics
74K people helped
Is there anyway to correct just one crooked tooth without resorting to orthodontia? Most of my teeth are perfectly straight, expect for one front tooth, which came in crooked for some reason. Is there any way to straighten just one tooth? 


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Crooked tooth: If you are taking about trying to move the tooth so that it is straight, the answer is no. It is possible that the tooth could be restored with bonding or a crown to make it look like it is straight. That decision should be made in consultation with your primary care dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Board Certified, Dentistry
36 years in practice
1M people helped
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Can someone tell me how they fix straight crooked teeth without braces?

Dr. Sal Aragona
Board Certified, Dentistry
36 years in practice
1M people helped
Can someone tell me how they fix straight crooked teeth without braces?

It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all general dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area. Pick one with the experience and enthusiasm to get great results without all the risks of braces! ...Read more

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Dr. Dell Goodrick
Board Certified, Dentistry
27 years in practice
373K people helped
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My braces came on today-my teeth are straight except one crooked tooth.Next visit in 12 weeks- will there be any movement until adjustment- small/big?

Dr. Dell Goodrick
Board Certified, Dentistry
27 years in practice
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My braces came on today-my teeth are straight except one crooked tooth.Next visit in 12 weeks- will there be any movement until adjustment- small/big?

Yes: You will experience movement in tiny increments each time you have adjustments. You will any movement by a bit of soreness. Adjustments for movement must be made slowly so as not to damage the teeth or surrounding bone. Moving them too fast can cause shortened roots. However, there will be some movement occurring right away, although it will be slight. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Board Certified, Dentistry
38 years in practice
1M people helped
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What should I do to get crooked tooth straight?

Dr. Stephen Gordon
Board Certified, Dentistry
38 years in practice
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What should I do to get crooked tooth straight?

See your dentist: If it is a "simple" or less involved tooth movement, many general dentists perform this type of orthodontic treatment, possible invisalign. If it is a more difficult situation, they may refer you to an orthodontist whom they work closely with. Remember to continue periodic teeth cleaning appointments when undergoing orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Board Certified, Dentistry
4 years in practice
1M people helped
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How do celebrities have such straight teeth?

Dr. Tarek Hamid
Board Certified, Dentistry
4 years in practice
1M people helped
How do celebrities have such straight teeth?

Cosmetic dentistry: Mostly cosmetic dentistry as time for those celebrities is critical, .Although some got fast braces and some has straight teeth naturally. And yes you can have those straight teeth that celebrities has, just ask your dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
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I'm wondering what is the best way to get straight teeth?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
I'm wondering what is the best way to get straight teeth?

I would encourage: You to consult with an orthodontist regarding what your best options are. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
23M people helped
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How important is it for toddlers to have straight teeth?

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
23M people helped
How important is it for toddlers to have straight teeth?

Important because: straight teeth get fewer cavities, less food and bacteria impaction. ...Read more

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