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Are there differences in orthodontic/orthopedic outcome that can be expected using MARA appliance & braces vs. braces & elastics to correct an overjet?
Gold standard: Gold standard is braces. More important than the hardware, however, is the operating system.. A fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist would know, for example, that you can't do Orthopedic Treatment on a non-growing individual. Please don't try to self-diagnose and treatment plan. See an expert, an Orthodontic Specialist, who will be able to properly guide you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See an orthodontist: First see an orthodontist for complementary evaluation. No matter what age you are, how complicated is your situation. They complete at least two extra years of schooling to practice their skills. The 2mm overbite correction could be a serious problem if not managed properly. Even, if a minimal correction is needed, the orthodontist is always first. Congratulation on your new smile. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
6 years (usually): Most tongue thrust appliances hook onto the 6-yr molars, so this is about the earliest one could be done. There are different options here, so speak with either an orthodontist (recommended) or your dentist to discuss the best way to approach this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adjunct: A headgear is an adjunct to orthodontic treatment used to modify skeletal growth and/or to affect tooth position. Headgear can be used in addition to any fixed appliance (braces) system. Don't get hung up on gadgets. Focus on finding the best qualified orthodontic specialist in your area to treat your family. Let him pick the best appliance for the individual's needs. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
A full third: A full third of all orthodontic specialty practices today are adult patients. There are so many wonderful things that can be done for adults including aligning smiles, balancing faces, improving function, reducing jaw joint symptoms, providing a better platform on which to do restorative treatment, and improve gum/bone healt, just to mention a few. See a pro, a qualified orthodontic specialist. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Many: Depending on the cause (dental, skeletal, or both) of the vertical overbite and/or horizontal overjet, treatment alternatives for a 50 year old non-growing adult may require both fixed appliance/elastics and surgery. For a growing child/tween/teen there are many options including Herbst, Carrier, Forsus, springs in association with braces & elastics. Removable appliances are less effective. ...Read more
Does relax and tone appliance can help in buring fats or reducing weight or breaking cellulite or what its benefits, what it really does?
Weight loss gimics: These appliances do not do anything for losing weight, burning fat, or breaking down cellulite. Weight loss and fat burning can only be achieved through a combination of eat the correct foods and exercise. Cellulite can be treated with a mesotherapy regimen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I expect after being fitted for an oral appliance to correct apnea? I have an appointment coming up to be fitted for an oral appliance to hopefully correct my apnea. I'll be glad to get it, but i'd like to know if there are any side effects or ch
CPAP : CPAP works by forcing air into the nose, through either a fitted mask or nose prongs, to maintain an open airway passage. The most effective dental devices work by pushing the lower jaw forward, thereby opening the air passage behind the tongue. Most are custom made by dentists and are adjusted periodically to find the most comfortable and effective position for the individual patient. Some things to expect: dry mouth when it occurs is usually transient and can often be compensated for by simple changes to the appliance. A small subgroup of patients has persistent dry mouth that is impossible to accept. There are patients with sjorgrenâ€™s syndrome, medication side effects and other conditions that predispose them to dry mouth and there are many over the counter and prescription remedies available. I have found two products that patients report great success with use. The first is rinsinol by oral b. It is not marketed as a product for dry mouth but as a product for treating oral ulcers but it provides excellent coverage of mucosal tissues. The second product is a prescription item made specifically to treat oral mucositis associated with chemotherapy. I use it in an off label method with amazing success. The product is gel-clair and it comes packaged in a box of 21 small packages meant to be diluted with two tablespoons of water and rinsed around the mouth. I found the product roughly equivalent to rinsinol when used in that fashion and very expensive. I have many patients who use this product full strength and apply a small amount to their tissues and find it miraculous in how it controls dry mouth all night long. An advantage to the off label method is one package can be used for several nights making it inexpensive to use. It also works extremely well for oral ulcers in its undiluted form. A problem frequently seen with oral appliances is pet dogs and cats have an affinity for eating, chewing and destroying them. I have never heard of this happening with CPAP masks and hoses. Patients also are more likely to leave an oral appliance somewhere because it so small and does not require a special case. Bite changes are a more common phenomenon with oral appliances and are also easily reversible early on. When the patient wears the appliance that keeps their jaw in a different position for eight hours healing occurs in joints and adaptation will often occur. Dentists usually give their patients exercisers or positioners to return to their original position. Patients are often not aware of the bite changes. When patients are aware of the changes about 50% find them to be favorable. It is rare to see a patient discontinue use due to the bite changes. Dentists are often more upset with the bite changes than the patients are. There is also a subgroup of patients who experience tm joint problems or muscle pain when wearing appliances. These problems are almost never a reason to not use oral appliances but they need to be addressed and treated by a dentist trained to deal with TMJ disorders. The remarkable fact is that 90â€“95% of oral appliance users report long-term satisfaction with their treatment. The problems associated with appliance use are usually easily solved or well tolerated by patients. Many patients who start with treating their sleep apnea problems find that correcting the underlying TMJ disorders an advantage not a problem. Similarly, many patients who start seeking treatment for TMJ disorders find that they move on to treating their sleep problems. Because the underlying problems are the same it turns out that treating either problem usually helps both problems. Good luck! ...Read more
Many Uses: There are many dental appliances with different uses depending on your dental need. I will give you some examples. Night Guards and Day Guards are used to help with bruxing or tooth grinding, retainers are used to maintain tooth position after orthodontics and Oral Sleep Appliances are used to treat sleep apnea and snoring. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Pendex: It is an appliance that consists of two movements, expansion (widening) and distalization (moving back teeth further back). It is generally an appliance that is custom made to your mouth and glued onto your back/side teeth. It generally remains in the mouth for a period of about 6 months. It helps widen the upper jaw both skeletally and dentally. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Stabilization splint: is also called stabilization appliance, night guard, bite guard or Michigan splint. A full coverage stabilization appliance fabricated in hard acrylic resin is most commonly used. Clinical trials suggest that the stabilization appliance may be particularly effective for patients who wake up with masticatory myalgia due to nocturnal bruxism. Ask your dentist for more information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Problem?: What is your perceived problem? Some problems are best solved orthodontically, some with restorative dentistry, some with a combination of both. You can at any time call an orthodontic specialist for an initial examination (usually free or low cost) to see if you would benefit from orthodontic treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers