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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
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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 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?

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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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 the best way to treat orthodontia-caused blisters on my gums?

What is the best way to treat orthodontia-caused blisters on my gums?

Ask your ortho: Determining the cause of "blisters" on your gums requires personal examination of them by your orthodontic specialist. Orthodontics is not typically a cause of blisters. There is the probability you are describing either oral herpes (cold sores) or canker sore (aphthous ulcers). Warm salt water rinses can provide some relief until you see your orthodontist. ...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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What is the recovery time like on corrective jaw surgery / orthodontia?

Recovery time: Depends on how much surgery is required. Many single-jaw (upper or lower) and some double-jaw (both upper and lower) operations can be done on an outpatient basis in young healthy patients. Rarely does hospitalization extend beyond one night. The first week at home can be very challenging. Full recovery is expected by 6 weeks, and most patients return to work or school about the 3rd week. ...Read more

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Extraction of 4 permanent teeth before orthodontia to relieve overcrowding. Is that still done?

Extraction of 4 permanent teeth before orthodontia to relieve overcrowding. Is that still done?

Yes: Your dentist and/or orthodontist may recommend extraction of teeth to allow for space to correct your crowding. The number and specific teeth indicated for removal is determined after a thorough clinical examination and review of your diagnostic records have been performed and analyzed. ...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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Is there anyway to correct just one crooked tooth without resorting to orthodontia? Most of my teeth are perfectly straight, expect for one front tooth, which came in crooked for some reason. Is there any way to straighten just one tooth? .

Is there anyway to correct just one crooked tooth without resorting to orthodontia? Most of my teeth are perfectly straight, expect for one front tooth, which came in crooked for some reason. Is there any way to straighten just one tooth? 


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Crooked tooth: If you are taking about trying to move the tooth so that it is straight, the answer is no. It is possible that the tooth could be restored with bonding or a crown to make it look like it is straight. That decision should be made in consultation with your primary care dentist. ...Read more

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What kind of dentist specializes in corrective jaw surgery/orthodontia?

What kind of dentist specializes in corrective jaw surgery/orthodontia?

Two specialists: Oral surgeons deal with corrective jaw surgery, orthodontists deal with orthodontia. Usually they work together as a team if surgery of the jaw is indicated. ...Read more

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What are the options to fix a gap between my teeth or than orthodontia? My teeth are straight, but I have a gap between my front teeth that i hate. What kind of options do I have to fix it? .

What are the options to fix a gap between my teeth or than orthodontia? My teeth are straight, but I have a gap between my front teeth that i hate. What kind of options do I have to fix it?


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Depending : Depending on how large the gap is, you can eith have dental bonding placed or you can have veneers fabricated. The bonding is not as durable as the veneers, will not last as long, but will cost less. The veneers will most likely require some removal of tooth structure, making the procedure irreversible. If the gap is large, making your teeth wider may change their appearance to the point where the teeth look too big. Talk to your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure and what would be best in your situation. ...Read more

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Does my son really need orthodontia? My dentist recently suggested that maybe my son seen an orthodontist, but we can't really figure out why. Our son doesn't think his teeth need to be straightened, and he doesn't seem to have any problem with crowding.

Does my son really need orthodontia? My dentist recently suggested that maybe my son seen an orthodontist, but we can't really figure out why. Our son doesn't think his teeth need to be straightened, and he doesn't seem to have any problem with crowding.

Ask your dentist: Have a up front discussion with your dentist. A great doctor will provide options for your son and if you disagree then your doctor should not be offended. Get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with your doctor's answers. A great doctor should not get offended. It is your son's health and you should seek further professional advice. ...Read more

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Sharp pains in my jaw, throat problems since starting orthodontia?

Sharp pains in my jaw, throat problems since starting orthodontia?

See Ortho: See your orthodontist ASAP. Sometimes braces can cause or cause a flare of pre-existing TMJ problems. Make sure your orthodontist is a board certified orthodontist. If he/she is not, and you are still having jaw pain, get a second opinion from a board certified orthodontist. ...Read more

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Unable to open mouth wide since orthodontia. Jaw muscle goes into spasm during long dental work. Need help asap?

Unable to open mouth wide since orthodontia. Jaw muscle goes into spasm during long dental work. Need help asap?

Orthodontia: You need to call your orthodontist to evaluate reason. I can't diagnose the cause without an exam myself. A proper treatment can be determined once the cause is known. ...Read more

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