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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Misaligned Teeth (Overview)

Also known as malocclusion, this condition is when teeth don't align. Some types of malocclusion include crossbites, overbites, and underbites.


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Could misaligned teeth cause TMJ issues?

Could misaligned teeth cause TMJ issues?

Yes: Misaligned teeth or a malocclusion can definitely contribute to jaw pain and TMJ problems. Your dentist can advise you of the relationship, or may choose to refer you to an orthodontist for evaluation of your misaligned teeth. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Misaligned Teeth (Overview)

Also known as malocclusion, this condition is when teeth don't align. Some types of malocclusion include crossbites, overbites, and underbites.


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Piece of play card paper stuck in my misaligned teeth, how can I make sure i get all of it out?

Piece of play card paper stuck in my misaligned teeth, how can I make sure i get all of it out?

Floss: Inter dental cleaning aids like floss or the various alternatives you will find at your local pharmacy should take care of it. Be sure to get all foreign bodies out of the area as they can lead to local infection and discomfort if they are allowed to remain. ...Read more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist or oral surgeon for evaluation
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Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain the teeth or if they are impacted
once
Take NSAIDs if you experience pain or swelling from the wisdom teeth
daily
Rinse with warm salt water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth.
daily
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Impacted wisdom teeth & 2 extra teeth. Do I have to extract all? With misaligned teeth #’s 8, 9, 26, 25, 24, 23, can I get braces w/o extracting?

Impacted wisdom teeth & 2 extra teeth. Do I have to extract all? With misaligned teeth #’s 8, 9, 26, 25, 24, 23, can I get braces w/o extracting?

Consult needed: These types of questions cannot be answered with a blanket yes or no answer. We need a one on one clinical exam, a full set of x-rays, often study models & a careful evaluation of your particular situation. Even then, it usually requires a thorough & comprehensive discussion to explain it all to you. I strongly recommend you consult the best Oral Surgeon & Orthodontist for a joint consultation. ...Read more

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Getting Straight Teeth (Checklist)

See an orthodontist
Once
See a dentist trained In cosmetic dentistry
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Can misaligned wisdom teeth cause bruxism?

Can misaligned wisdom teeth cause bruxism?

Possibly: Third molars which almost always have inadequate room should be removed. Perhaps your bruxism will then go away. If bruxism continues then night guard s also. ...Read more

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During last few months when i wake up, my bite is aligned ok, but throughout day it becomes misaligned with certain teeth touching more when biting.

During last few months when i wake up, my bite is aligned ok, but throughout day it becomes misaligned with certain teeth touching more when biting.

Swelling in disc: Traumatic occlusion or para functional habits could be leading to inflammation of the disc that your jaw rests on .....As the inflammation causes swelling the teeth don't seem to fit together right. Usually 600 to 800 mg ibuprophen three times a day for one month will resolve but what habit is causing this problem ? Injury or repetitive activity. Soft diet would be helpful too. ...Read more

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Can someone who has had TMJ arthroscopy surgery feel misaligned in his teeth afterwards?

Can someone who has had TMJ arthroscopy surgery feel misaligned in his teeth afterwards?

Yes: A slight amount of fluid may be present in the joint and cause the bite to feel off. This usually subsides after a week or so. Teeth should not really shift after arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more

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How misaligned do a child's teeth have to be for her to need braces at age 9?

How misaligned do a child's teeth have to be for her to need braces at age 9?

Individual decision: Age nine and ten are too often referred to as the ugly duckling stage of tooth development. All kind of changes going on in the mouth. Evaluation of the tooth sizes to arch lengthen, a skeletal analysis, and the eruption pattern. What looks awful now may not be so bad as it looks. Two stage ortho is common enough. Early treatment can have advantages is some cases, but not routinely. ...Read more

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Is my underbite skeletal? When i was young, i have a perfect bite but when my permanent teeth pop out my teeth are misaligned and i had an underbite.

Is my underbite skeletal? When i was young, i have a perfect bite but when my permanent teeth pop out  my teeth are misaligned and i had an underbite.

Ask: Ask a qualified Orthodontic Specialist who treats problems like yours all day long every day. The Orthodontist can tell you, to a high level of certainty, whether your malocclusion is dental, skeletal, or both, just by examining you. A skull (cephalometric) x-ray would confirm the observational opinion. Go see an Orthodontic Specialist, initial exam usually free or low cost. ...Read more

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I am wearing a decompression splint for the last 6 months after the arthroscopy, but my teeth are missaligned&space between upper-bottom. Is normal?

I am wearing a decompression splint for the last 6 months after the arthroscopy, but my teeth are missaligned&space between upper-bottom. Is normal?

No: Swelling or a misplaced cartilage in your TMJ can cause downward displacement of the back of your lower jaw. This is first seen as your back teeth not meeting normally. Keep in close contact with your treating dentist to see if it a swelling issue or if the cartilage needs to be recaptured to the proper location. ...Read more

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I have a misaligned jaw (receding jaw, overbite) + crowded teeth.. If my dentist ask for extracting 4 teeth, is he categorized as tradtional orthodon?

I have a misaligned jaw (receding jaw, overbite) + crowded teeth.. If my dentist ask for extracting 4 teeth, is he categorized as tradtional orthodon?

No: Requesting tooth extractions does not qualify a dentist as an orthodontic specialist. A 10, 000+ hour post-dental school residency in orthodontics is required. An orthodontist will only do orthodontics, not cleanings, fillings, caps, etc. As an adult, with jaws that are no longer growing, you need the services of an orthodontic specialist. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause problems with shoulder, elbow & arm pain too? Have misaligned jaw, dropped left, chewed through 2 guards at night & ground down teeth

Can TMJ cause problems with shoulder, elbow & arm pain too? Have misaligned jaw, dropped left, chewed through 2 guards at night & ground down teeth

It is all connected!: The TM Joint can refer pain down into the neck, shoulder and arm. Our bodies brace when we experience pain. If left untreated, the pain can spread throughout our entire head and neck area and into the shoulder and arm.
Schedule an evaluation as soon as you can to get to the bottom of the problem. ...Read more

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Misaligned jaw/crossbite?I had braces before and don't wear my retainer.Do i need braces again to fix?Also my teeth hit when talking and arent lined up

Misaligned jaw/crossbite?I had braces before and don't wear my retainer.Do i need braces again to fix?Also my teeth hit when talking and arent lined up

Relapse: If you've had orthodontic treatment and did not wear your retainers as directed, you teeth may have started to shift back to their former position, causing the symptoms that you describe. You will further ortho treatment to correct the relapse. Talk to a local orthodontist regarding your options. ...Read more

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I will have my wisdom tooth extracted later because it makes my tooth misaligned and it is impacted. Should i request to have retainers after?

I will have my wisdom tooth extracted later because it makes my tooth misaligned and it is impacted. Should i request to have retainers after?

Get a consult: If you had previous orthodontia, consult with that provider before getting the surgery so you have a guided plan for retention. There may be other indications to get your third molars out, so take those into account but get everyone's input to play it safe. ...Read more

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Could my misaligned jaw be fixed after a heavy-handed lower wisdom tooth extraction 23 years ago?

Could my misaligned jaw be fixed after a heavy-handed lower wisdom tooth extraction 23 years ago?

Possibly: The removal of impacted wisdom teeth can be very traumatic. Some are in such positions that it requires extended surgical time and more invasive technique. It can be a strain on the jaw, supporting structures, and tmj. However it will not misalign your jaw. If your jaw is misaligned and teeth are maloccluded, an orthodontist should be able to make some corrections. However, jaw surgery may be need. ...Read more

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How can we can relax to our teeths?

How can we can relax to our teeths?

Please reask your ?: I believe you are asking how can you relax your jaw so that your teeth are not clenching and causing tenderness, sensitivity and wearing them down which is called bruxing, but I am not certain that is your question. If it is, you are probably doing at night which is called nocturnal bruxism and a large % of the people do this. See your dentist and ask about having a bruxism appliance being made. ...Read more

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How to keep my teeths white using healthy methods (Not damaging my teeths) ?

How to keep my teeths white using healthy methods (Not damaging my teeths) ?

Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss properly after each meal for approximately two minutes. Have your own dentist or dental hygienist make sure you are doing both properly. Don't skip meals or days. ...Read more

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How is eating neat honey for teeths health?

How is eating neat honey for teeths health?

No problem : With the proper oral hygiene, honey should be fine for you and your teeth (but not for an infant). It has high sugar content, so be sure to brush and floss, and of course, see your dentist regularly anyway. ...Read more

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How to treat teeths that have cavities?

How to treat teeths that have cavities?

See a dentist: Teeth with cavities are at risk for deeper infections and inflammation/infection of the gums, and would need to be treated by a dentist. ...Read more

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How do teeth harden?

How do teeth harden?

Tooth calcification: If you mean how teeth harden as a they develop inside of the jaw the answer is calcification of the tooth bud. This is a one time & permanent process. As the teeth grow into the mouth, their surface can pick up Fluoride or calcium form saliva and harden to some degree. Of course, the most important thing is to take steps to prevent "decalcification" of the tooth or "decay" by proper oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Why do my teeth stain?

Because....: Certain colored foods stain teeth more than others . It is their nature. The more acidic and more colored the food/ drink, the more it stains. Red wine is the worst. ...Read more

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What makes teeth loose?

What makes teeth loose?

Periodontal disease: Teeth are rooted in the gums, so any gum disease, most common is inflammation known as periodontosis, will weaken the gums and will contribute to teeth loosening. It is very important that you not only brush but also floss your teeth at least once daily. Also, to prevent inflammation caused by acid producing bacteria in the mouth - use xylitol containing products (gum) after meals. ...Read more

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How to have wite teeth?

How to have wite teeth?

Depends: Teeth whitening can be completed several different ways: prefilled trays or strips, custom-made whitening trays, or in-office whitening such as zoom! i offer all three waysin my office; however, whitening with custom trays seems to be the most predictable, effective, and affordable way to whiten teeth. ...Read more

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Can new teeth be grown?

Can new teeth be grown?

Yes: Yes, new research is showing the possibility of using stem cells to grow new teeth. ...Read more

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How to get white teeth?

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How to get white teeth?

Teeth whitening: You can use over the counter tooth paste or crest 3D whitening strips or pens. However, they are not so effective and/or stable. OTC bleach and whitening tooth paste could be used as a supplement only. A professional home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. You will be very happy with the results. ...Read more

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Teeth are my teeth clean

Teeth are my teeth clean

I : I am sorry but I do not understand your question. Are your teeth clean? Cannot tell without an examination. ...Read more

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I have pain in my teeth?

I have pain in my teeth?

See a dentist: Call your dentist, they will do an exam to see what is causing the pain. ...Read more

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How do I clean my teeth?

Clean teeth: Start with a professional cleaning at your Dentist's office. Discuss oral hygiene with them. Generally brush 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock w soft t'brush, pea-sized portion of fluoridated t'paste. Yay will clean 65-70% of tooth surfaces. Where t'brush can't reach is between teeth, where most decay & gum disease starts. Need to floss or WaterPik daily. Dentist may have other suggestions. ...Read more

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What causes chalky teeth?

What causes chalky teeth?

A few things: Decalcification or things that leach the calcium out of the teeth. Acidic foods sometimes can cause this. Excess Fluoride can also cause this. (fluorosis). Consult with your dentist. ...Read more

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Why do teeth have nerves?

Why do teeth have nerves?

Protection: The rest of your body has nerves to protect itself. What would happen if you put your hand over a flame and you had no nerves to tell you to remove it fast? Nerves in your teeth let you know something is hot, cold or that you have some internal problem such as a cavity, crack, etc. Without nerves, your teeth might just rot away without you knowing it. ...Read more

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Where lower teeth drainge?

Where lower teeth drainge?

Sublingual lymph nod: If you mean lymph drainage , all lower teeth and gums drain to lymph nodes under the tongue called the sublingual lymph nodes , if they are swollen or inflamed , it could be from teeth or gums or floor of the mouth. ...Read more

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Why do we grind our teeth?

Stress: Stress is usually the cause of tooth grinding or bruxism. Grinding may also be habitual or related to occlusion(the way your teeth come together). ...Read more

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How many teeth do we have?

How many teeth do we have?

Depends: Typically, 20 'baby' teeth followed by 32 'adult' teeth. ...Read more

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Are teeth always shifting?

Are teeth always shifting?

Yes: Teeth will continue to shift throughout your life, even if you've never had braces. That's why it's always a good idea to get missing teeth replaced. It will help stabilize things. I also recommend that my adult patients have orthodontic retainers made if they notice shifting of their teeth later in life. ...Read more

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Can teeth heal themselves?

Can teeth heal themselves?

No: Even though teeth are considered part of our organ system, they contain more inorganic materials than any other part of our body. Small portion of teeth ( certain type of dentin and cementum ) can heal by their own; but tooth as a whole can not heal by itself. Any defect or decay on tooth need to be restored. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more