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Do Orthodontists File Teeth After Braces
Sometimes: Every patient is different with skeletal and dental presentations that may warrant removal of teeth. I am of the philosophical school of orthodontics that believes that expansion of the lower teeth, if more than just mild, will end in relapse or periodontal breakdown. By careful case selection and understanding growth and harmony of the face, extractions can be very successful. ...Read more
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
In most cases, no: In most cases a molding can be made with the appliance in place. ...Read more
Edges: If you mean the biting edges of front teeth that may, over years of malocclusion, have worn unevenly, the orthodontist will probably do enamelplasty to improve esthetics. If teeth severely worn, general dentist may be called upon to restore the tooth. ...Read more
Finite: It's a finite decision. If teeth are malposed but there is adequate bone support they can be realigned. If there isn't enough bone support, expansion can cause permanent bone/gum damage. There are limits to how much expansion is therapeutic, beyond which it's pathologic. Please see a qualified Orthodontic Specialist to evaluate your malocclusion. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the orthodontist and how much the teeth have shifted but usually the retainer will not correct or move the teeth back into place. Sometimes for minor movements the retainer may work but usually a retainer is used to retain the teeth position. There are some retainers that are called active retainer with springs on it that may actually move the teeth into an aligned position. ...Read more
How can an orthodontist determine how long you will need braces? Isn't everybody's teeth different?
Training/experience: You are absolutely correct, malocclusions are like snowflakes, no 2 are absolutely identical. Orthodontists train for 10+ rears after high school graduation in disciplines such as anatomy, growth and development, physiology, endocrinology, biology, metallurgy, physics, dental materials, occlusion, neurology, etc, to answer how their treatment can help you. See a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more
How are space between teeth fixed before braces on? I read a small procedure my orthodontist said years ago he will fix space before putting braces on
I've consulted my orthodontist regarding that space on my teeth after I got my braces off but she put a cement on it and now it looks even worse. What do I do?
Options.: Sometimes the size of the teeth is incompatible with the size of the jaw bone. Orthodontics are always my 1st choice, but sometimes veneers are the better choice to solve tooth size discrepancy. A dentist who has someexperience in cosmetic work would be able to show you the options available. ...Read more
My orthodontist didn't make a molding on my teeth, but still put the braces on. Should I be concerned?
Probably not.: Normal protocol is to make a mold to diagnose the orthodontic problems and have a record of the starting point. However if there are adequate photos and the ortho issues are mild or minimal there should not be a problem. ...Read more
Maybe: There are so many factors to consider in answering this question. The net/net is that in some cases the answer is yes and others no. The best person to ask is your orthodontist and whether the answer is yes or no, that they help you understand the "why" as it relates to your case. ...Read more
Odontoplasty: Orthodontists will reshape teeth that have worn unevenly, or that are anomalously shaped, for esthetics or function. If restorations are required, however, the Orthodontist will most likely refer you back to your General Dentist for care. ...Read more
Orthodontist ready for my braces to come off, but front teeth are still awful. Anything I can do?
Discuss with Ortho: You should discuss this with your orthodontist prior to your braces coming off. We have no way of knowing what you started off with, the course of events during your treatment and what your teeth look like now. You are entitled to ask that question and receive a reasonable explanation. ...Read more
Orthodontist ready for my braces to come off, but front teeth are still awful. Can I keep them on longer?
Absolutely: If you have concerns regarding the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, them share them immediately with your orthodontist. He will answer your questions and arrive at a solution to address your concerns. ...Read more
Can I get braces even though I am missing 6 teet One orthodontist I had a consultation with said that there were not enough existing teeth.
Second opinion: Please get a second opinion from another orthodontist. In cases where many teeth are missing, implants can be placed to help as anchors for the forces needed to move the teeth. ...Read more
I need braces on my teeth but my orthodontist will have to fix the space between my teeth before he can put the braces on what is that called?
A space: Between teeth is called a diastema. Hope this helps. ...Read more
My orthodontist says I need to remove my wisdoms teeth so that the braces can make my teeth perfect BUT is it really necessary? I just want perfect
Wisdom teeth: Can cause bone/tissue damage, decay on back of 12 year molars, as well as contributing to post-Orthodontic instability. Follow your Orthodontist's advice, see an Oral Surgeon. ...Read more
Consequences of having orthodontist remove braces two weeks after application? Will teeth be healthy still? Possible to loose teeth? They feel loose.
Remove Braces Early: Disappointing to have braces removed after only 2 weeks of treatment, the incisor teeth may show some mobility that has no discomfort, no fear of tooth loss & chewing has no restriction with this braces's removal. Within 3 weeks after removal of braces the teeth be healthy and firm, back to the condition they were before the 2 week treatment. ...Read more
What should I do about bent wires on my braces? I bent the wire between my two bottom front teeth and it hurts a bit. Do I need to get in an see my orthodontist right away? .
Absolutely!: Absolutely! A bent wire can cause your teeth to move in directions that are undesirable. In other words, it can cause your bottom teeth to become more crooked! You must contact your orthodontist immediately. ...Read more
So I have been having braces on for a month or so and today I have just gotten them "tightened" for the first time. I have noticed two gaps one on top in the middle of my teeth and on the bottom left. Is something going wrong? Also, my orthodontics did no
Braces: During braces teeth will move at different times. Spaces may open so that other teeth can be moved. Don't worry. By the end of your treatment your teeth will be in the correct position and you will look great. Ask your orthodontist about this and they will explain the process to you. ...Read more
I'm getting braces and my orthodontist said that he wants to remove my bottom canine teeth. Is that normal?
Questionable: To date, I have never seen lower cuspids removed for orthodontic purposes. They are some of the longest rooted, strongest ; most important teeth to maintain in the mouth! They are essential for a balanced bite ; often become strategic teeth to support prosthesis late on in life. That is not to say you might you might have special circumstances requiring that. I would at least get a second opinion. ...Read more
My orthodontist said I have to get four teeth extracted before braces, Any negative effects on my face?
Only positive: Orthodontic care can only improve your appearance. The extractions are most likely necessary due to lack of space. Ask your orthodontist to further clarify. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my orthodontist said I have to get four teeth extracted before braces, will this affect my face negatively?
Opposite: If you don't have room for a full compliment of permanent teeth, expanding your teeth beyond their bone support will make your face look full, pouty, and may make it difficult to close your lips together. Over expansion can also damage the bones and gum tissues around the teeth. No Dentist likes to call for extractions, but sometimes it's mandatory. ...Read more
I have two misslocated molar teeth behind my top row. The orthodontist suggested to either extract them or get braces, which one is better?
2nd Opinon: Obviously this is a difficult question to answer without examining you. What does your General Dentist say? You might even consider getting a second opinion from another orthodontist. When I refer patients out, I routinely give them the names of 6 or 7 Orthodontists and they often report back to me that they have consulted with 2 or 3. ...Read more
I have TMJ for 11 yrs I have tried mouthguard that doens't help my orthodontist said I need braces will fix space in my front teeth how is that fixed?
Braces won't fix TMD: If you are having continued TMJ pain or issues, that needs to be addressed before any orthodontics are done. Braces won't address the TMJ issue, in fact, it can make them worse. If you want braces to close spaces in your teeth, that's great. Get the TMJ issue taken care of first. Find a dentist that has advanced training in treating TMJ disorders. ...Read more
I'm currently wearing braces however just one tooth has been losing gums. I told my orthodontist once he said it was normal because that teeth was ove
Not usual but possib: Recession can be caused from a number of things during orthodontic tooth movement. Evaluation of contact with opposing tooth, brushing habits, position of tooth with respect to the bone in which it lies, as well as initial presentation of tooth and bone and track of movement are all things that need to be evaluated. A periodontist is the best specialist to evaluate this for a second opinion. ...Read more