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Should orthodontist pull child's teeth for braces if crowded?

Should orthodontist pull child's teeth for braces if crowded?

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

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Mouth (Definition)

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


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Orthodontist question - bleaching teeth is or is not recommended after braces come off?

Orthodontist question - bleaching teeth is or is not recommended after braces come off?

Yes: Bleaching can be accomplished after orthodontics - it's quite common. Perhaps, talking with your family dentist about best bleaching options would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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Will the orthodontist stop you from having braces by the colour of your teeth?

Will the orthodontist stop you from having braces by the colour of your teeth?

Not usually: Overall discoloration is not an impediment to orthodontic treatment. Teeth can always be whitenened, brightened, veneered, after braces. Some developmental defects and decalcification issues require special care, but if controlled will not prevent orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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Will the orthodontist resurface the edges of your teeth when you get your braces off?

Will the orthodontist resurface the edges of your teeth when you get your braces off?

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

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Can you explain how do orthodontist treat teeth crowding with braces; besides extracting teeth?

Can you explain how do orthodontist treat teeth crowding with braces; besides extracting teeth?

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

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Do the orthodontists adjust the retainer to fix ur teeth if they move after your braces are off?

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

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How can an orthodontist determine how long you will need braces? Isn't everybody's teeth different?

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

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Teeth flaring out after braces. Orthodontist said he did it for my own good and did not take out teeth. (Without asking) Not happy. What do I do?

Teeth flaring out after braces. Orthodontist said he did it for my own good and did not take out teeth. (Without asking) Not happy. What do I do?

Second opinion: After orthodontic therapy by an orthodontist, you should be pleased with your appearance, but orthodontics is more than just about a nice smile...proper function is essential as well. If you have already asked your orthodontist and not recieved a satisfactory answer, you may want to consider getting a second or even third opinion to see if the results you desire are doable and what is involved. ...Read more

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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

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

Why?: There are ways to close spaces with buttons and rubber bands or custom aligners, but if you are going to have braces anyway, they are the easiest and fastest way to close the spaces, so I'm not sure why you would close spaces and then put on braces. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My orthodontist didn't make a molding on my teeth, but still put the braces on. Should I be concerned?

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

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Will an orthodontist put braces on canine teeth that are still growing in?

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

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Do orthodontists shave your teeth to shape it if it is rigid after braces treatment?

Do orthodontists shave your teeth to shape it if it is rigid after braces treatment?

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

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Orthodontist ready for my braces to come off, but front teeth are still awful. Anything I can do?

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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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

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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