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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? .

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?


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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 more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Crooked Teeth (Definition)

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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Can someone tell me how they fix straight crooked teeth without braces?

Can someone tell me how they fix straight crooked teeth without braces?

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

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Can tooth contouring or reshaping fix crooked teeth without getting braces?

Can tooth contouring or reshaping fix crooked teeth without getting braces?

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 more

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Can braces fix crooked teeth?

Can braces fix crooked teeth?

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 more

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What problems can braces fix, aside from crooked teeth?

What problems can braces fix, aside from crooked teeth?

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

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How much effectibe are braces in correcting ugly crooked teeth?

How much effectibe are braces in correcting ugly crooked teeth?

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 more

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What are other options for someone with crooked teeth but doesn't want braces?

What are other options for someone with crooked teeth but doesn't want braces?

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 more

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I was wondering, do braces hurt if you have crooked teeth and do they make you look crooked?

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

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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? .

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?


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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 more

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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 more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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