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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 recently visited an orthodontist to fix my teeth. She had a mould done and got back to me to say that she cannot do the brace or wire fix and would rather extract the one tooth and do the implant. Should I seek a second opinion? With whom?
Yes, second opinion: Not quite sure what "fix my teeth" means. There are so many variables in that statement that is is impossible to determine what your issue is, sight unseen. For that reason visit a restorative dentist who can visualize what your issues are and recommend the appropriate specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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