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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 moreSee 10 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
My orthodontist didn't make a molding on my teeth, but still put the braces on. Should I be concerned?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers