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Is overbite caused by pacifier?

Is overbite caused by pacifier?

Not usually: Has to do with intensity ; duration. Most pacifiers are discontinued well before harm is done. Thumbs/fingers are worse. As an orthodontist i see much digit damage, almost no pacifier damage. See pediatric dental specialist now, orthodontist age 7. Try to wean child off pacifier age 2-3, and digits no later than age 4. Ask pedodontist for help. ...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


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Can u fix your own overbite?

Can u fix your own overbite?

No: Not without help. An overbite is a skeletal (boney) problem and needs an experts help. You can help by following the directions of your dentist/orthodontist during treatment. ...Read more

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How can you fix an overbite?

How can you fix an overbite?

Ortho Consultation: There are many options for correcting an overbite in an adult. They all require orthodontic treatment along with other modalities (e.g. elastics, springs, etc). I would suggest that you have an orthodontic consult. ...Read more

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What is used to correct an overbite?

What is used to correct an overbite?

What type?: Horizontal overbite (buck teeth) or vertical overbite (deep bite) are treated differently. There are many orthodontic solutions depending on your problem. Please see qualified orthodontic specialist (ask general dentist for referral) who does nothing but orthodontic treatment all day long for an initial examination (usually free) do discuss your malocclusion and possible treatment choices. ...Read more

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Have a 5mm overbite. What are my options.

Surg vrs non-surg: Surgical solution: cut down teeth and cap them. Gums may also have to be reshaped. Non-surgical solution: open the bite with orthodontic appliances. May need a combination of both. Talk to both your family dentist and a qualified orthodontic specialist for advice as to what would work best for your individual case. ...Read more

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Can pacifier use be bad?

Try Ortho Pro: In recent years, pediatric medical discussion on the use of pacifiers has focused on the ability of non-nutritive sucking (nns) to seemingly have the ability to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (sids). From a dental viewpoint, the use of pacifiers is recommended with caution as it can cause several changes in the way a child's teeth relate. Playtex ortho-pro has shown little orthodontic change. ...Read more

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Is pacifier good for an infant?

Is pacifier good for an infant?

Yes: The general answer is yes. It is a great way to calm a baby and avoid overfeeding. It has also been thought to decrease chances of sudden infant death syndrome. Do consider: do not start until 3-4 weeks if you are breast feeding (nipple confusion) and definitely take away by age 1 yr. Although you could use it up to age 18-24 mo, it is harder to wean at that age and may affect teeth and speech dev. ...Read more

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Will invisilign correct an overbite?

Will invisilign correct an overbite?

It can: Depends on the overbite. You may also need button put on with the invisalign to allow for elastics to be worn to help get the movement needed. the best way to answer, however, is when an orthodontist can see your teeth live and in person-- without that none of us on the site and really give you a full answer. ...Read more

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Can III box elastics fix an overbite?

Nope: Box elastics are usually used to close an open bite. Sounds like you need to see a qualified orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation and discussion of effective treatment options. ...Read more

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Slight overbite, do I need extractions?

It depends: Some mild overbites can be reduced by proclining the lower dental arch, and /or retraction of upper anterior teeth if space permits. Your orthodontist is in the best position to answer your question based upon your records. ...Read more

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Could i fix my overbite without surgery?

Possibly...: Only a local orthodontist who can actually examine you can give you the answers you seek. Make the call... ...Read more

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Does using a pacifier help or hurt colic?

Does using a pacifier help or hurt colic?

Neither: Pacifiers can calm children, and therefore may allow them to more easily quiet during bouts of colic. They do not actually have any effect on the colic itself. ...Read more

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Can I give my baby her pacifier at night?

Can I give my baby her pacifier at night?

Yes: Pacifiers do actually pacify infants & there is some data suggesting they help decrease risk of crib death when used as a sleep aid. That said, baby can develop a habit of needing it so much at night they wake you up crying until you find it and reinsert it. ...Read more

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Can an overbite make your face look narrow?

Can an overbite make your face look narrow?

No: An overbite is a vertical overlap of the top front teeth over the bottom. So it would make your face look shorter, more squat. An overjet is a horizontal protrusion of the upper front teeth that often accompanies a lateral collapse of the face--giving a person with a severe overjet a narrow "bird-like" appearance. Very common in persons with nasal difficulties, mouth-breathers while growing up. ...Read more

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Pacifier helps ease or worsen a baby cough?

Pacifier helps ease or worsen a baby cough?

No: Will not do much to help or harm coughing. Need to find out source of cough if it is causing problems see your baby's doctor. ...Read more

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How long should I let my baby use a pacifier?

How long should I let my baby use a pacifier?

Up to a year of age: The american academy of pediatrics actually endorses the use of a pacifier as it helps to decrease your baby's risk of developing sids (sudden infant death syndrome) in the first year of life. After 12 months, the benefit does not appear to exist. At that point it is wisest to discontinue the pacifier if not previously done. ...Read more

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Underbite or overbite. How do I know for sure?

Underbite or overbite. How do I know for sure?

Definition: If your upper front teeth are in front of your lower front teeth when you bite down fully, you have an overjet (aka over bite). It doesn't have to be excessive. An underbite is usually defined as if the upper front teeth lay behind the lower front teeth biting normally. ...Read more

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Difference between an overjet and an overbite?

Horizontal vs vertic: Overjet is the horizontal difference between the upper and lower teeth the more the upper teeth stick out horizontally the bigger the overjet. Overbite is the vertical overlap of upper and lower teeth. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have no overbite or underbite?

Is it possible to have no overbite or underbite?

End to end bite: The end to end bite is not a natural, "normal" bite, but there are several people with such a bite. It is not the most functional, healthy type of bite, but correction may involve orthodontics and oral surgery. You may want more than one opinion if you consider any treatment. Unfortunately an end to end bite is like walking on your tip toes all the time, which can create some TMJ/TMD issues. ...Read more

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What is the normal range of an overbite/overjet?

2 mm: 2 mm overjet is normal, with 1-2.5 within normal limits. 2 mm overbite ( 0-50% is WNL. If you're concerned, ask a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more

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Pacifier (Definition)

Pacifier use is associated with a significantly ...Read more