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Opinion Brace Process
Eating Health Helps!: It would be very difficult to prove that healthy eating and quicker moving teeth can correlate with each other. However, I can tell you eating better, brushing better, flossing and not snacking do make your gums and teeth healthier and helps the orthodontist move along treatment faster. So yes. .. Eating healthier with proper brushing and flossing, will make the process quicker. ...Read more
Need expert opinion on when having braces can you make the process quicker by eating healthier foods?
Can't hurt!: There a few studies that support a healthy diet as conducive to faster tooth movement. However, it is not possible to predict just how much time a healthy diet will reduce actual time in braces. Factors that have the greatest effect on treatment time are: patient cooperation with wearing elastics/headgear, keeping regular appointments, and avoiding hard, sticky foods that cause breakage. ...Read more
I have a tooth gap in my front teeth and my premolars and molars too. My orthodontist says I need to get braces for 2 years and a frenectomy after that! Just getting a second opinion. Thanks?
I went to the orthopedic np for knee pain. My MRI and x-rayshowed patellar tilt and hematoma. Treatment suggested:knee brace/warm compress. Should I go to a sports med or an orthopedic md for second opinion?
Need good exam: If the tilt was the only problem, fixing the mechanics that caused it would be the first step. In most athletes, this is working on the quad to hamstring strength ratio and strengthening the gluteus medius (many accidently over strengthen the itb/tfl, the other hip abductors, which can worsen the problem). Reasonable to start with non-op sports med, and if hematoma needs to be drained, see ortho. ...Read more
2 ways: First, follow instructions to the letter, don't cheat. Invest the time to keep tissues healthy, don't damage appliances, wear elastics as directed, etc. Second, there are surgical procedures that can encourage cell turnover, saving you a few months in treatment. Talk to your orthodontic specialist about these treatment modalities. ...Read more
Not in 400 words: Orthodontic treatment is a service not a commodity. Your rx will be different than your friend's and family member's treatment, depending on your unique needs. In our office average rx time is 18 months, but we have treated patients needing less than a year, and others needing over three years. Ask your orthodontic specialist to explain your unique diagnosis, treatment plan, and mechanotherapy. ...Read more
Putting on braces: The process is quite easy. You simply dry the mouth and keep it dry. Place glue on the teeth and put the bracket (brace) on the tooth. You line the bracket up to where it should be and then shine a bright light on the tooth to harden the glue. It doesn't hurt. You don't need shots and it's painless. ...Read more
1st Braces Appt: Orthodontists differ in their application of putting braces on. In our office we put both the upper and lower arches on all at the same time. The appointment takes 1 1/2 hours. It is not a difficult procedure; your mouth will be open with a guard to protect against your saliva from getting the area wet. The wire is put in the same day. We use damon system braces. ...Read more
Knee braces: There is some controversy over exactly what knee braces do and how they work. However, the concensus in the medical commmunity is that they can be beneficial under certain circumstances, depending on exactly what your diagnosis is. You should see a good orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in knees and have a proper evaluation. Check out this handout: http://www. Aafp. Org/afp/2000/0115/p423.html# ...Read more
Do you think accelerated orthodontics is worth it? I want braces, and am considering accelerated orthodontics, but would like any opinions as to whether it's worth it, especially in the long term..
Accelorated?: It all depends on the modality of "accelorated" treatment. If surgical, maybe not. Using devices such as vibration appliances, it all depends on "how much quicker" the treatment will be. I personally do not subscribe to the vibration devices. ...Read more
What kind of exercises the therapist will have me do to help the healing process after getting my brace off?
Generally speaking: W/o more info about your specific injury this is hard to answer in much detail. As an injury heals physical/ occupational therapy will likely focus on regaining full motion with stretching & use progressive exercises to strengthen all the muscles that have been weakened by the injury and splinting process. You may need formal pt/ ot appointments or be able to work through this with home exercises. ...Read more
Can I switch to invisalign from braces? I currently have braces, but would much prefer switching to invisalign, if that is even possible. Can treatments be combined, or switched in the middle of the process? .
I had braces and process is just at end stage. What will be useful to make strong teeth? Any medicine? Food? Calcium food?
Tooth enamel: Teeth are fully formed before they erupt. After eruption avoid acidic sugary foods. Keep teeth well brushed and make sure you floss daily. Use a fluoridated toothpaste. Don't smoke. ...Read more
I don't like drugs as a belt and braces approach. Is it safe to take bisoprosol fumarate only if I go back into AF. Opinions of my two doctors differ.
See an orthodontist: Having a crowded teeth and a large overbite can make you self-conscious especially when you smile. If you decide you want the orthodontic treatment, see an orthodontist. There are many modalities for adult orthodontics. Proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment. ...Read more
Yes and no: Your teeth will actually remain straight in one dimension, but may cause an open bite or increase overjet. ...Read more
Does wearing a back brace or a cesearian girdle everyday helps with the healing process after having a C-section (4days ago)?
No but...: It will not help with the healing process. On the other hand those are quite popular and many patients say they help ease the pain of recovery. The healing process will be the same but if it makes you feel better than it's certainly okay to do it. ...Read more
My teeth are already pretty straight. I just have gaps and an overbite. Is there any possible way to speed up the braces process?
Possibly: Cells turn over at a specific rate. There are some procedures that can reduce time in orthodontic treatment, but surgery is required. No two people are exactly the same. See an orthodontic specialist for an evaluation of the extent of your malocclusion and the possible treatment alternatives that would work best for you. ...Read more
I was walking when I sprained my ankle. I was just wondering if I should wear an ankle brace or not during the healing process?
L1-l2 transverse process fracture in July. Pain went away no brace or PT was directed. In past three weeks extreme pain, how common is re injury.?
Uncommon: That type of injury usually results from a significant trauma. There was probably some soft tissue/ muscle/ ligament injury as well. There could be some lingering damage to those tissues such as scar tissue to account for the pain. Should resolve over time. ...Read more
I have very little cartilage in knee very painful all the time had shots mobic (meloxicam) knee brace pain meds pt have bone spurs nothing helps help opinions?
I have a vertical spinous process fracture on L2 that was just discovered on CT 7 weeks after initial gymnastics injury. Pain has not improved and Dr. Has not found a brace to immobilize. Is there a brace to immobilize, and could that help healing?
Tlso: The brace that would best mobilize that area is known as a rigid tlso. It could potentially help the fracture heal quicker than if no brace is used. ...Read more
16 year old son was in MVA-fractured his T1 and T2 transverse process/bruised left lung/ mild concussion. Need a brace? Able to be physically active?
Well...: How long ago was the MVA??Get a more detailed answer ›
Braces Are: Braces can be divided into fixed, metal and clear and removable "appliances". In fact, orthodontic braces are handles that deliver forces to the teeth that cause the teeth to move. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types, but your orthodontist will use the type. Or types that he will think would work best for you. ...Read more