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Fix Crooked Teeth Without Braces
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Actually, crooked teeth are typically crowded together, have lost their normal contact points between teeth, shifted across each other, and rotated. Crooked teeth may be part of a malocclusion (literally, a bad bite). Orthodontics deals with the resolution of crooked or crowded teeth as ...Read more
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
Small change: You can't recon tour the teeth too much or you will cause damage. Contouring usually only takes place on the edges and not on the front of the teeth. So you can expect very small changes by contouring the teeth. Best to get an orthodontic evaluation to see your options for straightening your teeth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: See the Orthodontist - the specialist in braces. After a complete examination you can review your options. Sometimes the jaws are not in alignment to permit the best corrective positioning of your teeth. In these situations the Oral Surgeon can help by repositioning them. Together the 2 specialists can get the best result. Most often, however, the braces are all you need to get a fantastic result ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Orthodontics: Orthodontic care not only straightens teeth, but puts them into a more harmonious relationship with each other. This allows for easier brushing and flossing (helping prevent cavities and periodontal disease), and easier mastication. Better speech, appearance, and self-esteem follow. ...Read more
Depends: For major severe problems affecting multiple teeth yes braces is the solution. For minor movement 1 or several teeth aligners and retainers can be great. Alternative - doing cosmetic restorations can give good results need to see the situation, x-rays. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Least invasive..: Ortho braces and invisalign are the least invasive ways to straighten crooked teeth. Advanced cosmetic dentistry procedure like veneers and crowns can also give the result of 'straight teeth', but it will likely be more expensive than orthodontic braces or invisalign. Consult with a dentist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Crooked teeth? I know braces work, but are there any other options to fix front teeth that are crooked and have a gap between them? I'd rather use another method, if possible.
Orthodontic consult: Unfortunately, you would have to be seen by an orthodontist in your area to get an accurate answer to your question. Without seeing you, your x-rays and having a complete workup, no orthodontist can properly evaluate your specific malocclusion and determine whether or not you need surgery into order to effect a successful outcome. If necessary, see 2 or 3 orthodontists for a consensus of opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How crooked do teeth have to be to worry about them? I never had braces as a kid, and have some crooked teeth that i don't think are too crooked. As far as my smile goes, i'm not concerned about it. What does worry me a bit is that it's extremely difficul
Crooked : Crooked teeth can pose a problem for proper oral hygiene. As we all get older it becomes increasingly important to be sure we are taking care of the gingival (gum tissue) and bone tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth. Flossing is the best way we have of providing that care. So you are correct to be concerned about being effective in the daily flossing of your teeth. It may be possible to lightly relieve the contacts to your teeth, which will make flossing easier. It may also be more advisable to utilize some very simple, limited treatment, orthodontics to improve the alignment of your teeth thus make the home care easier and more effective. Beyond your just being able to floss easier, establishing the proper contacts (eliminating overlapping teeth) between teeth allows your teeth to be more free cleansing and thus less likely to trap food debris and plaque in the first place. Your best course is to seek out the advice of a university trained orthodontic specialist for an opinion regarding your concerns. The orthodontist will be able to evaluate your condition and provide you with all of the possible options to resolving your needs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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