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Retainer For Missing Teeth
Always: If orthodontia is done expertly, tooth removal will facilitate the most pleasing smile. If not treatment planned well or done with mediocre clinical ability it can have several very negative effects. This is the reason it takes so many years to be educated and become proficient at orthodontics. It has been a most rewarding profession for me. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Teamwork: Treatment like this is certainly possible, but it does require teamwork. At the very least, this involves you, your dentist, and your orthodontist. This may also require other specialists as well, but invisalign can certainly be used on patients with missingmteeth and crowns. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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
Depends on position: If correction involves a simple tipping motion to correct the position, then a retainer can correct it. If the tooth is significantly rotated and /or tilted out of line such that it would require rotational correction and /or uprighting of the root, then braces or invisalign may be required. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Get help ASAP: Don't wait, the longer you delay the less that can be done. See an orthodontic specialist, preferably the orthodontist that treated you, for review and management recommendations. It's not like a steel post in concrete. Teeth will shift as bone changes. See an orthodontist to minimize the change. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Numerous options exist. The best options depends upon your desires, the condition of your existing teeth, and the location of the missing teeth. Fees can vary considerably with the options. I would recommend your seeing your dentist to get help in determining which option is best for you. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
I wear a retainer for awaiting tooth implant.Can the retainer make your teeth spread wider than they were?
Dental implants will be done for 2 side-by-side missing teeth. Can the adjacent teeth shift out of place since cannot wear removable denture anymore?
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
No: A properly fitted mouth guard for clenching/grinding purposes will be fitted to your bite and problem associated with your teeth grinding habit. Invisalign retainers are much thinner and do not take into consideration the way your teeth come together when they are in so could actually make a person who suffers from clenching/grinding, clench/grind more when wearing at night and grind through them. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
3 wisdom tooth extractrd and a molar tooth bone grafted also 6 weeks ago. Can flossing shift teeth positions?
Why are grinding appliances so expensive at dentist officemouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?
Worth the investment: The fee for a properly designed, fabricated (with adj's included) bite splint or night guard, you are actually getting several years worth of a valuable appliance - we have patients who've worn the same splint for 15 years - it is not a glorified athletic mouthguard, and if designed and worn properly, can save you from tooth damage, gum & bone damage, as well as protecting your tm joints. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends: Depends on your expectations, and long term goals, be aware that composites do change color and stain over time, they are not as durable as lab made veneers, but with a great cosmetic dentist who layers the resin and tints, and applies opalescence and proper translucencies, they can look just as nice as an exceptional ceramist lab made veneer. ...Read moreSee 4 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
Sorry, no: Teeth want to move forward, not back. Having wisdom teeth removed will not uncrowd your front teeth. You'll need the help of an orthodontic specialist to do that. Why not call your dentist's favorite orthodontist for an examination and a discussion of treatment options. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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