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Orthodontist Choice Clear
Probably: Just as medicines are a little different, orthodontic appliances are a little di ...Read more
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
Maybe: There are actually treatment differences (the clear brackets have more friction with the arch wire and are more brittle so it does limit how aggressive treatment can be), but for most cases we can treat with either set of brackets ...Read more
What do the experts think, should my orthodontist give me the choice between clear or metal braces?
Likely: Today's braces are small, efficient and aesthetic. We use clear and metal braces interchangeably on the upper front teeth. Most orthodontist's don't use clear braces on the lower teeth as the upper teeth may rub on them wearing away the edges of the upper front teeth. Invisalign is another clear alternative for some patients. Ask your orthodontist which is better for you. ...Read more
Depends on the ortho: Each provider chooses the techniques that are appropriate for each individual patient and will also use the technique (s) that the individual dentist is most familiar and comfortable using. There are many techniques available these days. They range from fixed metal or clear attachments and wires, and clear removable aligners. Each technique has it's pros and cons and must be tailored to your needs. ...Read more
My clear plastic retainer is on verge of breaking and I won't be seeing my orthodontist in one week. Anything I can do?
What do you suggest if my clear plastic retainer is on verge of breaking and I won't be seeing my orthodontist in one week?
Your OK: See if they can see you sooner, but if not, keep wearing until it breaks, then discuss at your next appointment ...Read more
Can you tell me for my next orthodontics appointment I want to get my braces clear, is this possible?
Not really: I guess that all depends upon what your definition of wealthy is. Most orthodontists make a good living, but they wouldn't be considered wealthy. However, some orthodontist do make a great deal of money. There are many factors which determine what the orthodontist makes. I would place orthodontists in the upper middle class as far as yearly salary goes. ...Read more
Not really: You can seek orthodontic treatment at your local dental school. Usually teaching institution provide this type of care at a reduced fee. Be careful by choosing treatment because its cheaper. Proper training and qualified professional should be your main criteria for choosing your doctor. ...Read more
Officially 1 kind: An Orthodontist is a Dentist who has completed at least 5, 000 hours of additional training, beyond Dental School, in an approved residency program, in all phases of Orthodontic Care, who has passed all the requisite tests, and who limits his/her practice to just the Specialty of Orthodontics. There are many non-Orthodontists who provide Orthodontic Care, but not with the same level of expertise. ...Read more
Correct them: If cross bite is dental in origin (teeth out of position) they align teeth. If, however, there's a transverse (side-to-side) jaw mal-relationship, the jaws have to be made to match each other before the teeth can be properly aligned. Rx depends on source of the problem, severity, growth, and many other factors. Ask your dentist to refer you to an orthodontic specialist for exam and rx choices. ...Read more
Look ; talk: At the initial examination most orthodontic specialists will do an initial screening examination, may take a panoramic x-ray, and will discuss initial findings with you. If orthodontic treatment is indicated time for a full orthodontic diagnostic panel of models, additional x-rays, photographs, complete intra-oral and extra-oral examination, and any other necessary tests, will be scheduled. ...Read more
Ask: Seek treatment by a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. Ask the Orthodontist for his/her CV. Ask your a Dentist for his/her opinion...your Dentist is in the best position to evaluate the Orthodontist's body of work and technical competence. Reviews on computer or word-of-mouth recommendations have more to do with social interaction than the quality of the treatment provided, but is important. ...Read more
No such "thing": As another doctor said, any good orthodontist uses functional appliances as a tool in their tool belt, but someone who claims this is all they do is a snake oil salesman plain and simple. See a board certified orthodontist and discuss all your options. ...Read more
Check usatopdentist: Usatopdentist. Com is a good place to look ...Read more
No definition: There is no official definition of functional orthodontist. Anyone can purport to be a functional orthodontist...But when the rubber hits the road, I would question its veracity. ...Read more
See an orthodontist: If they say they are a "functional orthodontist" it likely means they are not an orthodontist at all. See a board certified orthodontist and discuss the pros and cons of using a functional appliance for your child (i assume its for a child as functional orthodontics do not work on adults) vs traditional braces-- they are trained in both. ...Read more
Square elastics: Elastics are often placed in a square configuration to help "settle" the upper and lower teeth (close the bite). The same configuration can be used to lengthen a group of teeth to get a nicer smile. If there are spaces the elastic may have been placed to close them ...Read more
Not good: Excess force can actually slow Orthodontic Progress. You're paying for all the knowledge your Orthodontist gained through 10+ years of post-high school training and years of experience. Want the best possible result in the least possible time? Follow your Specialists instructions exactly to the letter. ...Read more
Dental assistant: If you are interested in becoming an orthodontic assistant, the training is typically very similar to that of dental assistants. ...Read more
Maybe not: Excessive forces placed on your teeth can cause damage to the periodontal ligaments and loss of bone. You don't know more than your orthodontist... if s/he wanted you to wear two elastics, those would have been the instructions. Please follow directions and don't complicate your treatment. ...Read more
I hope so: Orthodontic treatment is the shifting and moving of teeth to give an individual a better bite and more cosmetic teeth. It can also be suggested to put teeth in a more advantageous position for dentist to preform necessary work ...Read more
It's hard for me to bite down while the orthodontists put on the bands (metal rings) on my molars. Any tips?
Band driver: I take this question to refer to the weakness or inability to bite sufficiently to fit/seat the band as your appliances were being fabricated: I use an mechanical hand held"jack-hammer" which is not painful, but helps drive the band into place. Alternatively one could bond a bracket as another option. ...Read more
Could someone describe to me the experience of going to an orthodontist? What type of exams and questions will they ask?
Good for you: At an initial Orthodontic Examination (usually free) the Specialist will examine you and make general treatment recommendations. If treatment is indicated Orthodontist will do extensive head and neck intra-oral and extra-oral examination, jaw function assessment, study models, dental and skull x-rays, facial and dental photographs. May also order other tests if indicated. Tests help direct Rx. ...Read more
My orthodontist let his technician to do most of the work and then check on me for a minute. Is that a normal procedure?
Herbst vs Extraction I have two very different opinions from orthodontists. One suggests extraction of 5 and 13. The other suggests no extraction and Herbst. Help!
Excellent question: Rinse them off after every meal/snack. Gently brush them 2x/day w toothbrush and, if you prefer, soap...it will rinse off...top and bottom, metal and plastic. Don't use toothpaste as it will dull plastic. Use Denture Cleaning Tablets daily, follow the package directions. NEVER heat or boil your retainers...the heat will warp the plastic. Remember, retainers only work when they are worn. ...Read more
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
Cancel Ortho Tx?: The answer is "maybe". Cooperation is key to successful orthodontic treatment. If you, the patient, do not brush well (poor oral hygiene), eat things you should not (excessive breakage), or do things that could be detrimental to your overall oral health, he/she may determine its best not to move forward. Also, non-payment is a reason to cease seeing you as a patient. ...Read more
Yes: Most orthodontist have dental assistants working in their office. They will need to be trained in certain orthodontic procedures. ...Read more
Orthodontists are trained 2-3 years after getting their dental degrees. They deal with malocclusions, straightening teeth, etc.
Periodontist s are dentists that also HAV 2-3 years of extra training and their domain is treating diseases of the gums and underlying bone. Many are also experts at placing implants. ...Read more
Do well in school.: Top 25% in high school to get into a good 4 year college. Take all the pre-dental requirements. Graduate college in top 5-7% of your class. Dental School is then another 4 years of full-time study. Graduate in top 1-3% of Dental School class to be considered for a 2-5 year full time Orthodontic Residency. Pass all the appropriate tests, board, and licensing exams. Good luck. ...Read more
Not all the same: Orthodontics is as much of an art, as it is a science. Just as different painters can use different techniques to produce beautiful paintings, different orthodontists can use different techniques to produce beutiful smiles. It is not that one way is right or wrong. It is a matter of different training and preference. ...Read more
That depends: That depends on the problem that needs to be corrected. If the problem is a growth issue then functional orthodontics may help. If it is a tooth position problem then traditional orthodontics is needed. Some malocclusions may even require a combined approach. Functional appliances require more patient cooperation then traditional braces and may not be suitable for some children. ...Read more
Bonding process: Brackets are made of metal or ceramic, and need to be bonded to the tooth. This requires stripping off organic matters from the tooth. To achieve this, a surface of the tooth is cleaned with an acidic cleansing gel. If your tooth is covered with ceramic crown, a different kind of bonding is used. An adhesive bonding liquid is applied, ; light-cured to activate the bonding. ...Read more
Easy: Basically the same process as adding fake fingernails. First microscopically roughen the tooth with a mild acid for 30 seconds. Then adda coat of sealer (clear nail polish) and then place the bond on the tooth with the adhesive material in between. Most of us a curing light to set up the adhesive for 10-20 seconds and you're done. Place the wires into the brackets and you're ready to go. ...Read more