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Removable Palatal Expander For Adults
That Depends: Palatal expanders are used when the upper jaw is small compared to the lower jaw. By encouraging growth of the upper jaw they can correct this discrepancy and create more room for the canines. If the two jaws already match in size but the canines are still crowded, then no, a palatal expander will not help. Your orthodontist should be able to guide you further. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Same way: Same way 2 porcupines make love, very carefully. Thanks for playing straight man for me. Nance appliances anchored onto molars by metal bands. A special plier, called a Band Removing Plier, will easily pop the bands off the teeth in just seconds. Please see Dentist or Orthodontist who plac d the appliance to assure that it's removal is appropriate. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Yes - depends: Most adults present for braces to improve their smiles. A great new smile provides so many benefits. They may also enter orthodontic treatment to improve the health of their bite or to prepare teeth for needed dental work. In other words, braces absolutely correct malocclusions of adults. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes: Valplast metal free partials are a good option for patients wanting a metal free option that is more esthetic. It can be repaired and have teeth added to it by the lab if needed.Another option is called duraflex which I have found to be easier to work with and is far more stain resistant..See link here for more info.. http://www.kellerlab.com/230/products/duraflex.ph. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I am 26 year old.both jaws are protruded outward.can palatal expander help rather than removing 2 premolars in each jaw?
Resubmit: Do many adults simultaneously wear removable upper and lower partial dentures across arch that are anchored to existing natural teeth?
It's Very Common: If someone has lost teeth in the upper & lower jaws, it's very common to wear removable partial dentures to replace those teeth. This allows adequate chewing and esthetics in most situations. Any oral appliance which is removable should anchor onto both sides of the arch ("across arch") so that it's stable and doesn't rock. In many cases, bridges or implants can offer a strong "fixed" alternative ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not equivalent: Traditional braces are still the gold standard, best result in shortest time. Clear aligners are only about half as effective as braces, with higher risk of relapse because of inability to ideally position roots in supporting bone. They are also not effective for complex issues. Lingual braces take longer, are harder to get used to, and "finishing" can be a challenge. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Ask: Ask your treating Dentist or specialist Orthodontist. Elastic provide reciprocal force. Intensity, duration, and configuration must be determined by the professional providing your treatment, the person most familiar with your malocclusion. Don't try to second guess his/her instructions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Every patient is different with skeletal and dental presentations that may warrant removal of teeth. I am of the philosophical school of orthodontics that believes that expansion of the lower teeth, if more than just mild, will end in relapse or periodontal breakdown. By careful case selection and understanding growth and harmony of the face, extractions can be very successful. ...Read moreSee 10 more doctor answers
Removal of enlarged tonsils, 20 lb wt loss cured severe osa. Debating orthodontic braces but need teeth extracted. Can teeth removals reintroduce osa?
NO: But, correcting a bad bite will make your life more comfortable. If you have 12 cars and 10 parking spaces the cars will not fit. The same is true with the teeth. The orthodontist can push the teeth out of the parking lot (tip them off the bone which is not healthy) or extract teeth and utilize the space to align them, you are better off to do nothing if you decline extractions. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Not Campbells' Soup: Every can of soup is exactly like every other can of soup. Every malocclusion is different. Is problem misaligned teeth, jaws, or both. How's the bone/gum support. What about the horizontal and vertical overbites. And so much more. Make an initial examination appointment with a qualified orthodontic specialist (often complimentary) for an answer that matches your problem, not your friend's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a misaligned jaw (receding jaw, overbite) + crowded teeth.. If my dentist ask for extracting 4 teeth, is he categorized as tradtional orthodon?
No: Requesting tooth extractions does not qualify a dentist as an orthodontic specialist. A 10, 000+ hour post-dental school residency in orthodontics is required. An orthodontist will only do orthodontics, not cleanings, fillings, caps, etc. As an adult, with jaws that are no longer growing, you need the services of an orthodontic specialist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Which plan is better and why for 8yr old Class II overbite w/ mild crossbite? Expander, 12mo of headgear, partial braces or braces 3-6mo & KOI
Braces: First of all make sure you're seeing a qualified Orthodontist for Rx. Second, braces Rx can provide about 95% improvement in teens. Clear aligners (that only work if they are worn) result in less than 50% improvement. Talk this over with a pro, an Orthodontist. And if you wish get a second opinion. Wouldn't use it for my family. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No need to fix: A narrow palate usually doesn't have to be fixed unless it causes a problem with the bite (the way the teeth come together). If there is a malocclusion problem, this is fixed by the orthodontist using braces usually. The tongue will then not seem so wide. It is very rare for an adult to need tongue reduction surgery. ...Read more