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Doctor insights on: Straighten Your Own Teeth

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Will an orthodontist make your retainer straighten shifted teeth?

Will an orthodontist make your retainer straighten shifted teeth?

Retainers can : Modified retainers can be used to move your teeth. There are limitations with how much movement can be accomplished with retainers. Invisalign is a form of retainers that can make much larger changes. ...Read more

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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


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After you straighten your teeth with braces, can they get crooked again if your wisdom teeth come in?

After you straighten your teeth with braces, can they get crooked again if your wisdom teeth come in?

For these reasons...: Yes, but generally not as a result of the eruption if the wisdom teeth. Relapse would more likely be a result of inadequate retention, not wearing retainers conscientiously, or lack of a stable occlusion. ...Read more

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Do the orthodontists adjust the retainer to fix ur teeth if they move after your braces are off?

Do the orthodontists adjust the retainer to fix ur teeth if they move after your braces are off?

Depends : It depends on the orthodontist and how much the teeth have shifted but usually the retainer will not correct or move the teeth back into place. Sometimes for minor movements the retainer may work but usually a retainer is used to retain the teeth position. There are some retainers that are called active retainer with springs on it that may actually move the teeth into an aligned position. ...Read more

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Do mouth guards keep your teeth straight?

Sure, depends : If your teeth were straight when the dentist took the molds to construct them (upper and lower) and the dentist makes a hard style plastic (clear aligner style) or plastic/metal wire (hawley style) guard and you wear them overnight every night, then they could keep your teeth straight. ...Read more

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Will teeth extraction for braces change your smile?

Will teeth extraction for braces change your smile?

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 more

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Can the orthodontist bleach/whiten your teeth after you get braces automatically?

Can the orthodontist bleach/whiten your teeth after you get braces automatically?

No: Each orthodontist is different. It depends on your retainer and i would discuss this with your orthodontist and dentist prior to treatment. ...Read more

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Do your molars shift sideways after wisdom teeth removal?

Do your molars shift sideways after wisdom teeth removal?

Not usually: They will usually assume a position based on the opposing teeth in the opposite arch. If they were trying to go there and the wisdom teeth prevented it, then they might, but not common. ...Read more

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Could dentists put splinter strips on your teeth if the teeth are loose/wobbly?

Could dentists put splinter strips on your teeth if the teeth are loose/wobbly?

They can...: But it's a temporary fix. Let's face it, once your teeth are "wobbly", it's only a matter of time before they need to be extracted. Before dental implants became the standard of care, many techniques were tried. Nowadays, many practitioners rely on implants to replace teeth that have a poor prognosis. Each case is different, so ask your dentist what is best for you. ...Read more

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Can your wisdom teeth make your jaw break sometimes ?

Can your wisdom teeth make your jaw break sometimes ?

Yes: Yes, because the wisdom tooth weakens the jaw in the area of the tooth. If you are struck in the jaw, the jaw often breaks through the area of the bone that contains the wisdom tooth. Also, jaw fracture during or after wisdom tooth removal is a rare but possible complication. Minimize your risk of complications by seeing a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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Does having wisdom teeth pulled allow crowded teeth to straighten?

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 more

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Could braces extrude/lengthen your teeth?

Could braces extrude/lengthen your teeth?

Definitely, yes: YES, braces can extrude teeth very easily. It is done with mechanics using elastics or with archwires. For more information ask your orthodontist. ...Read more

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When you get your braces off. Will your smile and teeth look bigger?

When you get your braces off. Will your smile and teeth look bigger?

Yes: They will for a short time appear bigger, as you no longer have the braces or orthodontic appliances on. In time, they will appear normal. What is important is that they will for a lifetime look better. ...Read more

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Do your teeth constantly shift?

Yes: Teeth are not solidly connected to the jawbone, but rather suspended from ligaments. Any inflammatory process will cause minor shifts. If you have spaces, like missing teeth, or if your bite is not properly aligned, teeth may shift. ...Read more

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Does the doctor whiten your teeth after removing braces?

Does the doctor whiten your teeth after removing braces?

They can: But that is usually not part of the orthodontic treatment plan and will incur an additional fee. Talk to your orthodontist. ...Read more

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Braces or invisalign to fix your bite?

Braces or invisalign to fix your bite?

See an orthodontist: You want to choose the treatment that will do the job right. In the long run, you don’t want to have to fix your teeth again. See a board certified orthodontist that uses both methods to straighten teeth. ...Read more

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After you get braces, will the orthodontist whiten your teeth for free?

After you get braces, will the orthodontist whiten your teeth for free?

Unlikely, but ...: the costs are extremely (or should be) minimal. For patients where we think whitening is OK, we'll charge only $25 for the paste (their retainer serves as the tray). But everyone prices differently ...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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