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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 7 more doctor answers
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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 3 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 4 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
Very predictable: Generally the worse your problems are with your teeth the more predictable you will see significant improvement. Crooked teeth look ugly, even though you may actually have beautiful the only look ugly because they are crooked. You will be amazed how much a trained Orthodontist can improve the appearance of your ugly, crooked teeth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Severity: Depending on severity, sometimes clear aligners are helpful. Understand, however, that braces are still the gold standard, twice as effective as aligners. Another solution is to reshape teeth (bonding, reshaping, veneers, crowns, etc.) Sometimes best result is to have teeth aligned then esthetically treated. Talk to both your General Dentist and an Orthodontic Specialist about options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Few days every time: Some discomfort on teeth occur for a few days every time some movements start. Pressure on teeth cause inflammation. This is an intended inflammation, as that is how the bone is remodeled to accommodate teeth to move. When you have an inflammation in the bone, you feel that the braces are hurting the teeth. Your teeth move then, and will make you less ; less crooked, and your face better! ...Read more
Should i be worried about my child's crooked teeth? He's only three, but his teeth look crooked to me. Is this something that can be taken care of through growth, or will we have to get braces for sure?
Ortho needed: Crooked teeth at age 3 is an indication of insufficient arch length. This is not a self-correcting problem. There are treatments to develop jaw size to better accommodate tooth size, but there are limits. Set your mind at ease, take your child to see a qualified orthodontic specialist for an initial opinion, all children with a malocclusion should see an orthodontist by age 7. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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 4 more doctor answers
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 4 more doctor answers
Call for answer: Depends on what coverage your employer bought from the ins co's list. Most plans that have orthodontic riders partially fund treatment up to age 18-19. As an adult w a severe open bite you may also need jaw surgery, and again coverage varies. Call you insurance carrier or your companies hr department, then go see an orthodontist for an exam. They've had that question before. ...Read moreSee 3 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.
Will invisalign hurt worse or less than regular braces? I don't have real crooked teeth, and invisalign seems like it could be an option. I really just want the least pain possible while my teeth are straightened, though.
Can anyone use invisalign? I never had braces as a kid, and feel like I have very crooked teeth, especially on the top. I would like them straightened, and something like invisalign would be ideal. I've read that it only works on people who have slightly
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
Learn to Love: Don't know what your past experiences were at the dental office, but nowadays most offices do everything possible to make their patients comfortable. Get a recommendation from a friend or co-worker and go for a consultation. You'll know at that first visit if the office is right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 4 more doctor answers
Can damaged canine teeth be removed and later be replaced with bridge after wearing braces for other crooked teeth?
I have a gap between my front teeth and some crooked teeth and a overbite do I need braces if I do why how and care for them?
Orthodontics: Put teeth where they belong they: 1. Look better 2. Work better 3. Reduce aberrant wear 4. Protect the tempro-mandibular joints 5. Are easier to clean, therefore a. Less cavities b. Less gum disease please see an orthodontic specialist to discuss your problems, treatment options, and care instructions. You'll be glad you did. ...Read moreSee 3 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
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