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Dr. David Schleimer
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Orthodontia (Overview)

Orthodontia is the field within dentistry that focuses on restructuring the arrangement of teeth (through braces, surgery, or other devices).


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What are "phases" in orthodontia?

What are "phases" in orthodontia?

Braces: Phases in treatment refer to breaking down treatment over several time points. The first or early phase would begin around age 7-9 and take care of any problems that are present. It does not take care of problems that develop when all the permanent erupt. Thus there is a second phase of treatment usually required. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
270 doctors shared insights

Orthodontia (Overview)

Orthodontia is the field within dentistry that focuses on restructuring the arrangement of teeth (through braces, surgery, or other devices).


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What is the best age to start orthodontia?

What is the best age to start orthodontia?

Depends: If referring to a child, then treatment can begin at any point depending on the outcome one is trying to achieve...For example, expanders can be placed at a relatively young age. Ortho involving jaw surgery may be deferred until the child is older. Typically, ortho is started after the 1st permanent molars come in. If referring to an adult...You can do at any time. ...Read more

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What effect does orthodontia have on your face?

Usually positive: The relative growth and size of the jaws and position of the teeth are main factors in the lower third of the face. Orthodontic movement of these inside structures effect the outside appearance of the face, and this should be planned for and discussed by the orthodontist prior to starting treatment. ...Read more

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How will be the face narower by orthodontia?I want to have thin face

How will be the face narower by orthodontia?I want to have thin face

Plastic Surgery?: You may need plastic surgery to make your face look thinner. Orthodontics will change the alignment of the teeth but can't change your skeletal or muscular structures. You will probably need to consult an orthognathic surgeon or a plastic surgeon in conjunction with your orthodontist. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if bluecross blue shield covers orthodontia?

Does anyone know if bluecross blue shield covers orthodontia?

Yes, but........: All insurance companies offer plans that cover almost any procedure you want. The real issue is what plan your employer has bought for you. In these tough times, companies are buying less expensive plans that cover few services and that have low dollar limits. Always remember that you get what you pay for. ...Read more

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How often is orthodontia required after maxillomandibular advancement?

How often is orthodontia required after maxillomandibular advancement?

Orthognathic surgery: If you are having orthognathic (jaw) surgery, you will likely need orthodontia both before and after the surgery. An orthodontist and oral surgeon are the professionals to consult about this process. ...Read more

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If orthodontia required after maxillomandibular advancement will it be covered under medical insurance?

If  orthodontia required after maxillomandibular advancement will it be covered under medical insurance?

Probably not: You would need dental insurance that specifically includes orthodontic treatment, and that does not have an age 18 cap. Please know that for best success you will need orthodontic treatment before and after the jaw surgery. Please get both orthodontic and surgical consultations before beginning treatment. ...Read more

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How can I straighten my teeth if i've already had 10 years of orthodontia?

How can I straighten my teeth if i've already had 10 years of orthodontia?

Caution: Your situation is thankfully quite rare. The average duration of orthodontic treatment is 2-3 years. Seeking a second opinion with a licensed orthodontic specialist would be a first step to determine what more treatment you could even require. ...Read more

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Is orthodontia and dental work much more expensive in california than other states?

Expensive everywhere: Great quality orthodontic and dental treatment takes time, great materials and great doctors. That i'd costly everywhere. You get what you pay for in all aspects of life. ...Read more

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What is invisalign express? I've been researching orthodontia and different options for realigning my teeth, and just briefly heard about invisalign express. How is this different than the normal invisalign system? What can it not treat that the normal pr

What is invisalign express? I've been researching orthodontia and different options for realigning my teeth, and just briefly heard about invisalign express. How is this different than the normal invisalign system? What can it not treat that the normal pr

Invisalign: Invisalign express is used to correct simple problems that do not require 'full' treatment. The express is thet the easier cases are treated in less time with fewer aligners. If you qualify you will save money as the doctor pays less lab fees to invisalign. ...Read more

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