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Triangle Rubber Bands For Braces
I have to wear triangle elastics for my braces but only on one side. The other side has the bands going from the canine to the other will this work?
Yes!: Often one side of your mouth needs to be pulled in a different direction than the other side. It sounds like you are in the detailing stage. That is great because it is close to the finish line. Your doctor will direct your elastic wear for a beautiful result. ...Read more
Don't know: Never heard of "triangle wires." orthodontists use rectangular wires to control the torque of the roots of the teeth. They use triangular elastics to help teeth in opposite jaws to settle into each other. Never heard of triangular wires, however. If you can give more information I would be interested. ...Read more
FOR DESIRED MOVEMENT: To produce desired tooth movement from your orthodontist. ...Read more
Sometimes: But not all the time. Every case is different. Orthodontic treatment is a service, not a commodity. Not every patient requires elastics. And sometimes triangular elastics used at other times during treatment. Ask four orthodontist for a road map. ...Read more
Movement: They creat a force that help move the teeth in a manner than can not be achieved without them. ...Read more
Could be bone loss:
I am not quite certain what you mean. If you mean between two teeth at the gum level, it may be due to bone loss which in turn leads to the loss of the triangle of tissue between teeth. This appears as a 'black triangle' but in reality is a space rather than being filled by gum tissue. Often food gets stuck in this area as well.
Have your orthodontist and your dentist check this area soon. ...Read more
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 more
How much longer do I need braces. Its been 16 months I have no more gaps. I only wear triangle elastics now to movie my jaw. Any ideas how muchlonger?
Varies: Length of treatment varies from case to case. Your orthodontist will be the best to answer.. ...Read more
AAO guidelines: Say see your orthodontist by age 7. That's not to say we put braces on all or even most 7 year olds, but its good to start discussing with an orthodontist and planning for the futurew. When to start? Again, work with your orthodontist (and your kiddo-- they need to also be emotionally ready) to determine what is "best". ...Read more
Check with: Your orthodontist. There are many different set-ups, so only he or she can recommend an appropriate mouthguard. Kudos for thinking about wearing one! ...Read more
I took off my orthodontic braces and still have some adhesive on my teeth. What is the best way to remove teeth adhesive?
Need a professional: There is no safe way for you to remove orthodontic adhesive by yourself. Only a dentist or orthodontist is qualified and has the correct instruments to safely remove adhesive without damage to the tooth or surrounding soft tissues. Be safe, protect your teeth, seek professional assistance. ...Read more
Can TMJ braces also help with the alignment in your teeth like orthodontic braces? (silly question, I know, but I'm just curious)
TMJ appliances: There are Orthotic appliances that are used to temporarily reposition the relationship of the lower jaw to the upper jaw. An example= MORA (Mandibular Orthopedic Re-positioning Appliance). This can be used to confirm correct position of jaw and then restore on a permanent basis with Orthodontic treatment or restorations or both. The two are very different but can be used in combination for success. ...Read more
Having very dry lips from past 2-3 weeks, drinking enough water. Have orthodontic braces and undergoing some course of antibiotic from past 4 days. Help?
Not from braces: Dry lips can be from mouth breathing (especially if nose clogged), licking lips and causing them to chap, medications, change in diet, allergies, etc. Try using a lip balm such as Chap-Stick, or put Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on your lips. If it doesn't clear in a few days see your General Dentist, Orthodontic Specialist, or Primary Care Physician for further examination. ...Read more
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 more
Can orthodontic braces cause sore throat? Been suffering since 7 months, post nasal dip, light sore throat. No sinusitis
I don't see how: I don't see how the two can be related. I suggest you consult with your Primary care physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more
Follow directions: Patients should follow directions carefully when wearing rubber bands. Following the directions by your dentist or orthodontist will provide the optimal results. ...Read more