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I need braces to straighten my teeth up and i also have a huge overbite. Will getting braces fix my teeth and my overbite?
Poor hygiene: If the crown was well made and covered the "margins" [where the tooth meets the crown is sealed] there should be no decay. Only two things can cause "recurrent decay [decay under crowns] a- poorly made crown that did not seal b- poor oral hygiene after a well made crown was fabricated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Teeth want to erupt and to move forward to compensate for the wear our stone-age ancestors gave their teeth that we don't. Removing wisdom teeth does not cause crowded front or side teeth to spontaneously straighten, nor does it provide room to straighten teeth. Separate issues. See a qualified orthodontic specialist for evaluation and explanation. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See dentist soon: Congratulation; you are now on a retention phase--an important finish and maintenance of orthodontic treatment! while it is common to still have some soreness, it is important to have it checked to ensure your retainers are fitting as they are supposed to. Make sure to have your dentist/orthodontist check them and get peace of mind also. Great job! ...Read more
A good thing: Usually spaces during orthodontic treatment are an indication that your orthodontic specialist has things well in hand, moving some teeth to make room to move other teeth. Sometimes, however, spaces are an indication of a slight glitch. Everyone's different, so point out your area of concern to your orthodontist, and he will be able to explain to you what's happening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had braces and my bottom teeth are beginning to shift. What options do I have besides braces to get my teeth straight again?
I have put my braces 4 yrs ago and after i took out my braces my tooth shifted and gaps appeared .. will my tooth be weak if i put braces again?
Stains or scars: Stains usually from highly pigmented foods (coffee, tea, tomato sauce, etc) and smoking. Dentist can clean off stain without too much difficulty. Scars, areas of decalcification, are from not completely removing bacteria while braces were in place (compromised oral hygiene). Ask your orthodontic specialist to evaluate and probably refer you to your restorative dentist for rx. ...Read more
How can I brush my teeth after getting braces if my teeth hurt terribly? I can't even touch my teeth without pain.
Pain: The cleaner your teeth/gums, the less inflammation, the sooner you will feel better. Take Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) as per package directions every 4 hours. Rinse 3x/day w 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water. Dab Orabase-B onto sore spots w a Q-Tip. Eat a soft high-protein diet. But you must brush (gently) 2x/day and floss or WaterPik 1x/day. Ask your OrthodonticSpecialist for advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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