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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. Jeffrey Wint
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What needs to be wrong with your teeth to get braces?

Criteria for ortho : Anyone can get braces but those that need it are those that have a bite problem (teeth do not line up for chewing properly, or have an esthetic problem with the arrangement of the front teeth, (they want them to look straighter). ...Read more

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Can you get braces that go on the inside of your teeth?

Can you get braces that go on the inside of your teeth?

Yes: Lingual or invisible braces have been available since the mid-80s. They are not as comfortable and require an orthodontist who is dedicated and experienced with this approach as it's basically "outside-in." highly skilled orthodontist produce excellent results for many types of problems, but lingual is not for every case. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I should get my four teeth extracted to have braces on?

Please tell me if I should get my four teeth extracted to have braces on?

I can't: I cannot recommend extraction or non-extraction treatment without examining you. See a qualified orthodontic specialist for diagnosis and treatment planning. Follow his/her advice. 30% of orthodontic patients require the removal of 1 or more permanent teeth. ...Read more

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Can i get braces with teeth missing?

Can i get braces with teeth missing?

It depends: It depends on how many missing teeth and where they are missing. I would suggest that you have a consultation with a dentist or orthodontist to get an indication of the possibilities or lack there of. There may be a way of replacing those missing teeth once all the teeth are aligned into a typical pattern. Again see your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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