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Orthodontic Power Chain
Very effective: Orthodontic expanders are a great tool to expand and widen the arch which creates more room for crowded teeth. Some are passive and some are active which means that patient cooperation is necessary. If directions for use and care are followed, then the expander can be a very effective part of comprehensive orthodontic care. Visit an orthodontist for more information. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...Read more
Consult: The very first time you see an orthodontist, they will do an exam and report findings and options to you. There may also be a need for impressions or x rays. Every office does this differently so the time it takes can vary. You should speak to the office you plan to go to and ask how long they expect the appointment to take. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Orthodontic review: Vague question. May mean a review of your diagnostic examination, x-rays and records with discussion of proposed treatment and cost. May mean review of ongoing progress and need for revision if progress is not fully satisfactory. May mean review of post-treatment status compared to where you started. If you're seeing an Orthodontic Specialist, call them and ask them to define the term for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Insurance Agent: Stand alone orthodontic insurance is impossible to find. It's usually a rider on a dental insurance package. Ask employer if coverage is offered on company plan. Or talk to anindependent insurance agent. Know that orthodontic insurance is not cost effective when purchased individually. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Open or close spaces: There are two types of springs, open coiled springs and closed coiled springs. Open coiled springs are compressed between two teeth to open space. If a tooth is blocked out between two teeth, an open coilded spring can be used to open sufficient space to bring the blocked out tooth into alignment. A closed coiled spring can be used to close spaces between teeth or move a tooth unilaterally. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dental Records: Usually, the first appointment will involve obtaining a complete dental history with records. Radiographs will be taken, as well as models of the patients teeth and photographs. This will establish a pre-treatment baseline and allow the orthodontist to assess the malocclusion and devise the appropriate treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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