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How bad do your teeth have to be to get braces?

How bad do your teeth have to be to get braces?

Depends.: Depends what you mean by "bad." you may think they look ok enough. The dentist also looks at how your teeth and jaws actually function - how much wear, whether teeth positions prevent good cleaning, even whether teeth positions and jaw size and shape are interfering with good breathing, swallowing and sleeping. There's a lot more to it than just crowding. Treatment now may prevent problems later. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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


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Why do some peoples teeth get bad again after they have their braces removed?

Why do some peoples teeth get bad again after they have their braces removed?

Rebound: Teeth have "memory" and if proper retention is not used then they can move. Retention all the time initially and at night after, forever is the only way to prevent rebound. Also different forces in your mouth can move teeth, so your ortho and dentist need to ensure that you have a good alignment and relationship of your teeth and bite and habits. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a really bad overbite, my braces haven't helped, and i get my braces off in a month my teeth are straight but still no overbite fix?

What to do if I have a really bad overbite, my braces haven't helped, and i get my braces off in a month my teeth are straight but still no overbite fix?

Lower Jaw Surgery: If the overbite is significant (over 5mm) and your lower jaw is underdeveloped, corrective surgery may be your only and best way to correct it. See your orthodontist for consultation to help you make an informed decision. ...Read more

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I am on allowance and I badly need to get braces on my teeth?

I am on allowance and I badly need to get braces on my teeth?

Options: Have an orthodontic consultation and ask about payment plans. Orthodontists have many creative payment options available. Treatment at a university dental school will be about half the cost of a private office. Many hospital dental departments also offer orthodontic services. Ask your dentist for available options in your area. ...Read more

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How badly will my teeth move and when i get it back will they move to their normal position after braces?

Retainers: When braces removed teeth should be where they belong. If you don't wear retainers, teeth/jaws will shift out of position and may require re-treatment. Make sure you see a qualified orthodontic specialist and follow instructions to the letter...No cheating. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get braces to fix 1 crooked tooth and a bad bite?

Do you think I should get braces to fix 1 crooked tooth and a bad bite?

Yes!: Improving the position of your teeth, even if it is only 1 crooked tooth, will allow you to optimize your dental health and prevent more shifting and bite problems. Go for it! ...Read more

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Is having gaps between teeth bad for your biting? Cuz I have one and I am wondering about getting braces done. Will it help?

Is having gaps between teeth bad for your biting? Cuz I have one and I am wondering about getting braces done. Will it help?

Food traps: If gaps are present but not big enough to be self cleansing, they promote trapping food between teeth. Primarily noticeable with stringy foods like beef or chicken, trapped food can impact into and in the worst case contribute to gum infection. If this isn't happening or if you can manage with inter-dental cleaning, the gap issue is reduced to one of esthetics which boils down to your opinion. ...Read more

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How long does it take the average person to get their teeth fixed with braces?

How long does it take the average person to get their teeth fixed with braces?

1 - 2 years: It varies widely, based on the amount of correction needed. The average metal braces takes from 1 to 2 years. Broadly, the duration of braces treatment depends on the severity of the problem. The more severe the occlusal problems, the longer ortho treatment will take. Typically metal braces move teeth slightly faster than ceramic ones. Talk to your orthodontist to get a better estimation. ...Read more

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With braces, do your teeth get worse first, then better?

Sometimes: Assuming you are seeing an orhodontist, yes, it is possible that your initial treatment may actually look worse. As the crowding unravels, spaces may appear where there were previously none. Don't worry, it will all get fine tuned toward the end of treatment. ...Read more

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With braces, do your teeth have to get worse before they get better?

With braces, do your teeth have to get worse before they get better?

Maybe: It depends on what you mean by "worse." when orthodontically moving teeth, you will feel discomfort and soreness. And you do have to be more diligent in cleaning your teeth due to the brackets. However once treatment is done, most likely you'll have a nice smile. ...Read more

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