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Premolar extraction orthodontics for overbite ruined my face. Is there any way to fix this?

Premolar extraction orthodontics for overbite ruined my face. Is there any way to fix this?

Apples and oranges: Premolars extractions are usually required when there is moderate to severe crowding or when there is a large horizontal overbite. If your overbite was both skeletal as well as dental, jaw surgery plus braces is often the best treatment. See a qualified orthodontic specialist for options. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Orthodontics (Definition)

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


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Is orthotropics a real alternative for an overbite instead of surgery? The research and reasoning is pretty solid. Orthodontics does seem flawed.

Is orthotropics a real alternative for an overbite instead of surgery? The research and reasoning is pretty solid. Orthodontics does seem flawed.

Snake oil: As Dr. Malerman noted, what you are asking about is "fake medicine" and fake science. Please don't be fooled. As he noted, there is 100 years of sound research on this subject. ...Read more

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How do functional orthodontics address an overjet (and overbite) caused by a protruded upper jaw?

How do functional orthodontics address an overjet (and overbite) caused by a protruded upper jaw?

In small ways: Functional appliances have limited effects. Research has indicated that it restrains the growth of the upper jaw, much like the effect of a headgear, and can manipulate the dentoalveolar bone (bone that houses the teeth) to a degree. A wire connected to the appliance can further retract upper teeth, reducing overjet. It does not effect basal bone (foundational bone), as does not grow lower jaws. ...Read more

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What functional orthodontics can address an overjet (and overbite) caused by a protruded upper jaw?

Unusual: Most of the time it's lower jaw too far back, rather than upper jaw too far forward. If upper jaw is determined by skull x-ray and measurements to be too far forward, for an adult braces + jaw surgery may be required. Functional appliances are only modestly effective for growing children and are totally ineffective for non-growing adults. See an orthodontic specialist for evaluation and rx. ...Read more

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What is a good solution to an orthodontic class 2 overbite?

What is a good solution to an orthodontic class 2 overbite?

Orthodontics: An appliance called a mara in conjunction with orthodontics. The mara corrects the class 2 overbite, which usually corrects problems with the TMJ if there are any. (clicking, headaches, etc.). ...Read more

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What are the orthodontic appliances used to correct an overbite?

What are the orthodontic appliances used to correct an overbite?

Many: Bionators, frankels, mara's, headgear, pendulum, pendex, tad anchored appliances, forsus springs, twin blocks... The list goes on and on. Headgears in my opinion are passe', functional appliances work, but in a different way than most people think. The best treatment is one that understands facial growth, its limits and whether or not conventional orthodontics or surgery will be used. ...Read more

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Should I have an orthodontic treatment just for a mild openbite (not overbite)?

Should I have an orthodontic treatment just for a mild openbite (not overbite)?

If you wish: Orthodontics is elective, and if the bite bothers you, by all means change it. By distributing the force of the bite amongst all the teeth less wear and tear affects those teeth that are in occlusion. Orthodontics can be wonderfully beneficial, but is not a necessity. ...Read more

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I have a low allergy to latex, can I still wear the orthodontic bands used to fix overbite?

I have a low allergy to latex, can I still wear the orthodontic bands used to fix overbite?

How do you know?: Is your "low allergy" diagnosed solely from you anecdotal history, or have you been tested by a qualified allergist? True latex allergy is not very common. You may have adverse reaction to powder in the gloves rather than the latex. Your orthodontic specialist can provide you with non-latex elastics. Would be best to have allergist evaluate you. ...Read more

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I have an overbite due to tongue thrusting and an orthodontic implant in my front right tooth. Is there any way to cortext the misalignment of my teet?

I have an overbite due to tongue thrusting and an orthodontic implant in my front right tooth. Is there any way to cortext the misalignment of my teet?

Misaligned Teeth: Good day;
Consider visiting a certified Orthodontist. Practice limited to Orthodontics and let him give you a reasonable treatment plan that you can afford. ...Read more

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My orthodontist is not fixing overbite? I'm am adult. Why?

My orthodontist is not fixing overbite? I'm am adult. Why?

May be best for you: Your orthodontist may have determined that either correction of your overbite would require jaw surgery (and the risk/benefit ratio is not favorable), or that extraction of teeth to address the overbite problem might be detrimental to your facial profile and/or jaw joint and dental health. Your orthodontist is in the best position to answer your question based upon your records. Ask him/her. ...Read more

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Are skull xrays necessary for a simple case of an overbite in orthodonics?

Are skull xrays necessary for a simple case of an overbite in orthodonics?

Yes: The standard of care in orthodontic treatment requires certain orthodontic records to properly diagnose and treatment plan a case. What credentials do you have to determine what overbite is simple vs complicated? That is why an orthodontist spend an addtional 2-3 years in a residency to make those professional opinions. ...Read more

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Orthodontist angled my bottom front teeth to meet the top, and said there is no other way without surgery to fix the overbite. Was she right or lazy?

Orthodontist angled my bottom front teeth to meet the top, and said there is no other way without surgery to fix the overbite. Was she right or lazy?

No way: No way to tell where you started, where you finished, and if there were any other treatment choices, without doing a full examination and records review. That said non-growing patients present treatment conundrums requiring camouflage mechanics. Your Orthodontist was probably correct. If you have concerns, talk to your Orthodontist or seek a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Is an underbite harder to fix with braces than an overbite? I've always had an underbite, but my parents never took me to see an orthodontist as a kid. Now that I'm an adult, I would like to get this corrected with braces. I'm just wondering if it's harde

Is an underbite harder to fix with braces than an overbite? I've always had an underbite, but my parents never took me to see an orthodontist as a kid. Now that I'm an adult, I would like to get this corrected with braces. I'm just wondering if it's harde

Many: Many underbites have a skeletal component, meaning that the jaws as well as the teeth are mal aligned. In those cases, simply aligning the teeth will not correct the problem. However, some underbites, sometimes call pseudo-class iii malocclusions, do not have a skeletal component and can be corrected very nicely with braces alone.
Your orthodontist can do a simple analysis to diagnose your underbite and advise a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Orthodontist I have a big overbite can braces improve my teeth without getting jaw surgery?

Orthodontist I have a big overbite can braces improve my teeth without getting jaw surgery?

Need more info: The surgery/non-surgery decision is not based on overbite (horizontal, vertical, or both?) alone. In adults primary criteria (one of many) is skeletal relationship of upper and lower jaws to each other and to the rest of the Craniofacial structures. Please see a qualified orthodontist for an initial examination (probably complimentary or small fee) to get you started on the right track. ...Read more

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I'm not sure if I have an overbite. My top teeth cover a little more than half of my bottom teeth. Also, I sometimes get jaw pain where it feels like my jaw muscles are being over stretched. Is this something I should maybe see and orthodontist about?

I'm not sure if I have an overbite. My top teeth cover a little more than half of my bottom teeth. Also, I sometimes get jaw pain where it feels like my jaw muscles are being over stretched. Is this something I should maybe see and orthodontist about?

See an Orthodontist: Many orthodontists offer an initial complimentary consultation. This allows you to find out what type of treatment for your individual situation is recommended and get all your questions answered. Best of luck! . ...Read more

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Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Not unusual: If twelve baby teeth, then also would have twelve permanent teeth. You went through the first phase of treatment and should expect a second phase of treatment after 28 permanent teeth are present after a "dental age" of 12 years. Ask your orthodontist for more explanation. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get overbite correction?

How much does it cost to get overbite correction?

Depends: A vertical and horizontal overbite of 2-3 mm is normal. A more extreme overbite can be corrected with cosmetic restorative procedures. Some may need orthodontic treatment but that can result in bone loss. Some can also be corrected surgically. Please seek an evaluation from a good restorative dentist/ prosthodontist. He or she will help you decide if one or a combination of techniques are right. ...Read more

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How does overbite correction work using a lower jaw brace?

How does overbite correction work using a lower jaw brace?

Slows jaw growth: The concept is by holding the jaw in place it prevents the jaw from continuing to grow, or overgrow to reduce underbite and create an overbite. However, most often the upper jaw is expanded to create the more functional overbite because in most cases it works better. See an orthodontist or get a second opinion before trying a lower jaw restraint/brace. ...Read more

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Does overbite correction requires expansion of the arch? I have 4 teeth extracted. How is it going to be like? I'm a 24 years old male. Thanks

Does overbite correction requires expansion of the arch? I have 4 teeth extracted. How is it going to be like? I'm a 24 years old male. Thanks

Overbite correction: The need for palatal expansion is dependent on many factors and is not always necessary to correct an overbite.
This is best answered by an orthodontic consult. ...Read more

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My dentist listed the following to be done on me, 1) rct 1/1 2) orthodontic correction 3) crown 1/1.... What do this mean?

Good Rx Plan: First root canal treatment to eliminate infection. Second tooth movement to create the best "bite" and best platform on which to do restorations. Third, once teeth properly aligned the best possible restorations can be accomplished. Go with it. ...Read more

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Overbite (Definition)

A malocclusion of the teeth in which the front upper incisor and canine teeth project over the lower. ...Read more