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  • 6 months after braces: I had worn a NTI devise for 1 yr which gave slight open bite. My teeth were straight but one excisor was turned. I wore braces upper only for 2 years. I noticed that my bite matched but my upper jaw moved far enough back to make me look like a flatter upper lip. I have worn a retainer for 6 months now and on my next visit to the orthodontist I will bring up concerns. In the morning my upper teeth touch lower and is causing a slight chip in front top tooth. My regular dentist wants me to wear old night guard and to do a fill in of chip. OK, so I can see the money piling up here. With just my retainer from ortho, I can feel more tension in TMJ and very slight tinge in front tooth that is chipped. SO..my old night guard takes tension off TMJ at night but what do i need to do? any chance of moving my front teeth forward a bit and still protect teeth like a mouth guard? ... Visitor from Deroit     (answer)

  • Braces after bone grafting: My daughter was in a car accident and she shattered her jaw. Five months after initial surgery, she had bone grafting from her hip onto her upper jaw where there are 2 teeth missing. It's been 6 weeks since her last surgery and the dentist wants to put her braces on now. Is it too soon to do it? He has explained that braces won't touch bone graft at all. We are unsure whether it's too soon though. ... Visitor from Lakewood     (answer)

  • Underbite developed after braces - 13 year old girl: My 13 year old daughter is being treated for spacing and a slight overbite. A Pallet expander was used and a mold taken before braces were applied showed a very slight overbite. Flash forward 5/6 months and now my daughter had developed a class 3 malocclusion and my ortho recommends I speak to an oral surgeon. Did the braces and springs affect upper jaw growth? From birth to right before braces were applied her jaws were in line with each other. ... Visitor from Wakefield     (answer)

  • I'm 14. About 8 months ago I got my top two canines pulled and they are still not grown in yet. My dentist says that he can put braces on, after they grow in. Is it mandatory to wait for them to grow in? My friend has braces and her canines aren't grown in either and she just has brackets in front of the gap. Why can't my orthodontist / dentist do that? I'm tired of waiting because the gap and my teeth bother me. ... Visitor from Asheville     (answer)

  • Canine and braces: I have an adult canine on my top left side that grew out between my bicuspids (the baby canine is still intact) and my orthodontist said that there wasn't any way to move it to its rightful spot because there isn't enough bone to work with. He said that all he could do is move the bicuspid to where the canine should be and vice versa. Is it really impossible to move it to its proper spot? I would feel extremely self conscious about having the two teeth "flipped". The ortho assured me I don't show enough gum in my smile for anyone to notice, but I would notice! And I have more "vampire shaped" canines so I feel it would be obvious. Should I seek a second opinion? ... Visitor from Tucson     (answer)

  • My 11 year old son's lower jaw is not growing with his top jaw. The orthodontist wants to pull two teeth at the top and put in braces. I am worried that his facial structure will be off. Also how will pulling teeth from top make his bottom jaw line up? ... Visitor from Lake Charles     (answer)

  • Braces and bone loss: I have a gap between my two front teeth. I am scheduled to get braces next week. I have 30% bone loss with one of my front teeth due to periodontal disease. Will my tooth fall out? I have the disease under control now, but I'm so afraid of losing my tooth. ... Visitor from Lancaster     (answer)

  • Bracket Placement: I just got the Damon self-ligating braces put on. I have looked at hundreds of pics online and do not see brackets that are so offcenter as mine are, particularly my two front upper teeth. Is there any situation where a bracket should be placed closer to the side of the tooth than the middle of the tooth? These two teeth are very slightly rotated. Do you suggest I see another ortho for an opinion? ... Visitor from Deer Park     (answer)

  • My two front teeth gap: I have had braces for almost a year, and the orthodontist says I might have 2 or 3 more visits with him until I can officially take off my braces. But the thing is my 2 front teeth are nowhere near closing! One of my front tooth is twisted and the other one is straight. I asked my orthodontist and he said that the gap might not close, because something about my teeth not being a square shape? But my teeth are perfectly shaped, and I KNOW one of my tooth is crooked because I can feel it. So my question is, Can my gap close? I don't have much time left with braces and I don't think I'm any where near done, I still have a big gap! What'll happen when I take my braces off with a noticeable gap? ... Visitor from Baton Rouge     (answer)

  • I am 55 years old and considering braces. I am missing one front upper tooth and have a very deep bite. The other five upper teeth have veneers and lots of fillings. Two orthodontists have said they can improve my bite which will reduce the wear on all of my teeth. The goal being to keep my natural teeth as long as possible. In your opinion is that a correct assessment or should I just get an implant to replace the missing tooth and not get braces first? ...Visitor from San Antonio     (answer)

  • While in braces treatment, my molar teeth that held my last bracket appear to have moved inward. Is that supposed to happen? It's quite uncomfortable and I am pretty scared now. ...Visitor from Malaysia     (answer)

  • Permanent retainer: I am 53 years old and have braces on my top teeth. After they are removed, should I get a permanent or a removable retainer? If removable, what type of retainer do you recommend? I also don't have my top wisdom teeth. ...Visitor from LA     (answer)

  • My 11 yr. old daughter was recently told by her pediatric dentist/orthodontist that she would need braces not for cosmetic reasons (her teeth are straight) but because her bite is a "little" off in back.Last 4 teeth on top and bottom were not lining up. He said she would need a full set for 2 years. This seems extreme to me. When I raised my concerns, he said she could have problems as an adult if not fixed. Can you further explain? ...Visitor from KS     (answer)

  • I've had braces for about 6 months and one of bottom molars is moving. The orthodontist noticed this but did nothing. I'm worried as I don't know whether this is a baby tooth or not. Do you have to have all baby teeth extracted before having braces? ...Visitor from London UK     (answer)

  • I had my braces when I was 15 to fix my teeth, but it involved removing an impacted tooth. So it was removed and I had the braces. I had it for about a year and it made my teeth better, however I developed an underbite (the dentist told me that this was the cause of removing the impacted teeth). She made me use some sort of hardened mold to fix the underbite, but we had a severe argument and we never finished. The braces are gone and I don't use the hardened mold anymore, and it's been 2-3 years since that happened. Is there anyway to fix my underbite? The left side of my teeth are aligned but when it gets to the center to the right there's an underbite. ...Visitor from Phillipines     (answer)

  • I am missing all of my lower left molars. Is it still possible for me to still get lower braces? ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Alternative to Braces? My 12 year old son was told by his dentist and the orthodontist that he needs braces because his K9s have no room to grow down. When he was 3 years old he had to have surgery and have all his back baby teeth removed due to liquid epilepsy meds rotting his teeth. They put silver caps on all the spaces with spacers. He only has one of these caps left, but his teeth are spread too far apart and there is no room for his adult K9s. Is there any alternative to braces in his case? None of his teeth are crooked and he has no cavities and takes very good care of his teeth. Any suggestions you may have would be great! ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • Can you get braces after a bone grafting procedure or gum grafting procedure? ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • I had braces several years ago, which did not work out as planned, and I would like to get them again because I am very self-conscious about my teeth. I am also having problems with my gums and some root resorption (which I am about to have). However, a while back someone told me that because of the root resorption, I would never be able to get braces again. Can anyone tell me if this is true? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I never had a brace as a child and maybe i should have as I really hate my teeth! Its mainly my two front ones and the two either side of that, they seem to stick out a little. Is there anything that can be done without a brace? Roughly how much would that cost? I am 33 yrs old so not sure if that makes a difference! ...Visitor from UK     (answer)

  • I have an overbite. I had braces, but that didn't seem to work. My question is: Would a jaw alignment be the answer to correct my overbite? My overbite is D/T/ protrusion of my lower half teeth. ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Reversing undesirable look from extractions and braces: I had 4 extractions (2 upper and 2 lower) plus braces for overbite and am very unhappy with facial appearance. My braces have been off about a year and I don't wear my retainer in hopes the teeth will migrate back. Is there anyway to reverse this like opening the bite and pulling teeth forward? I wouldn't even mind having the spaces. I am looking for any alternatives. I don't know why my orthodondist didn't explain this too me before extracting. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • When your braces hurt should you put somrthing cold or hot on? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I just got braces a couple weeks ago. The tooth to the right side of my front tooth has been loose. Is this normal because none of my other teeth are loose? It's really starting to bother me. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I have braces right now and I am getting them off in a couple months! But I was wondering if I will get squares on my teeth from the braces being there. I brush my teeth every morning and night I was just curious! If you could answer my question that would be wonderful! ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I had braces when I was 12 1/2 yrs old. Got them off when I was 15. I wore my retainers for many years faithfully. About a year ago, my bottom retainer broke. I am a full time student and don't have much money. I was dismayed to see one of my teeth moved. When I got my retainers, my tooth was like that until the retainer was put in aligned position. It was fine until my retainer broke. I am wondering if I should get a new retainer as soon as possible? My teeth are the same so far, except for that one tooth that moved. I'm getting nervous going this long without a retainer for fear of other teeth shifting sooner or later. Should I get a new retainer as soon as possible? They're very expensive nowadays. I hear they can go as high as $400 apiece. ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • My 6 yr old son's teeth are far apart each other. At what age can he start having braces to fix the alignment? Are there other kid-friendly braces other than the common wired ones? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Overbite with missing teeth: I am 29 years old. I had braces as a teenager but later on about 10 years my wisdom teeth on the top came in and pushed my teeth forward. I also had to have my molars on top pulled last year. I am so ashamed of my smile and would like to know if braces can still be an option even if my top teeth have moved back into an overbite. ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • I'm really worried. About 9 weeks ago my jaw started clicking and about 7 weeks ago my jaw locked completely. I've had braces for about a year now and to tell the truth I blame my orthodontist for everything that has happened. Can having 3 teeth moved and having your teeth moved back or around dramatically cause TMJ? I asked my orthodontist to fix it but he says that there is barely anything that I or he can do about it...help ...Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • I'm 24 and I have generalized spacing in my front teeth, top and bottom. I want to close the spaces but, I'm not interested in bonding or porcelain veneers. Is it possible to get braces or invisalign? Also, what could be the cause of me always biting my cheek even when I'm not chewing?...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I had braces put on my teeth 3 months ago. By the middle of the following month I had them removed as I was having a bad experience with them. Now I am having very bad head aches and pressure in the back of my head and my neck is stiff. This is usually worse at night when I try to sleep. Can this have anything to do with the braces? I am currently seeing a chiropractor. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Speech Problems: I am 19 years old and i have been wearing braces for 5 months now. I have been talking with my tongue out when I say words with the s/z/and x sounds. I have been trying to fix this problem by trying to keep my tongue in but I find it to be rather difficult. I was wondering if you have any suggestions. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • I'm 20 years old and have had braces on for almost 3 years. The expected time was only 18 to 24 months for correction of an overbite and overjet. My bottom teeth are straight but my top teeth are not able to move all the way back on account of them hitting the brackets on the bottom. Why doesn't the orthodontist just take off the bottom braces so that the top teeth can move back? Can I request that the bottom brackets are removed without refusal of the rest of the treatment? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Braces and Steroids: I'm 19 years old and I've had Braces for 5 years. The predicted time plan was 2 years. I have severe asthma and take oral cortisone steriods and have developed osteoporosis from it. I was wondering if this might have something to do with how fast my teeth are moving. ...Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • Are top braces always required when putting on bottom braces? ...Visitor from LA     (answer)

  • New Technology? I recently heard of a new technology for braces that has patient's wear metal braces, but on the other, non-visible side of teeth, or the inside of the teeth. Is this true or just a orthodontic rumor? ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Braces - Sores I have had braces for over 2 years and have wires and brackets that rub against the inside of my cheek, causing open sores. I do not like using wax, so I have been using things like oragel and taking ibuprofen. It's been a few weeks since my last visit to the orthodontist and now my cheek is quite swollen. Two of the sores are kind of yellow. When I'm eating I have a stinging in my cheek. Afterwards it appears that the yellow color is gone but then about an hour or so later it returns. I called my orthodontist and he doesn't have a license to prescibe antibiotics. Can you tell me what I should do? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Braces change facial features? My orthodontist said that I should wear braces. I have a bad bite and this is causing jaw problems. My question is, will the after result change the appearance of my lips or other facial features? I wouldn't want my lips to change from full to thin. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Fast Methods For Teeth Correction: All my other teeth are fine, except my canines, they have grown a bit outward. I really do not have the patience of waiting 3 yrs for braces to do their job. Is surgery a possibility? Or any other method to straighten the teeth. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Braces without Molars? I am 40 something years old and I am interested in improving my smile. However, I had chemotherapy five years ago and because of this three of my molars cracked away right down to the gum line. My question is: Am I a candidate for braces even though I have three missing molars? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Braces causing loose teeth: I have had braces for about 5 months now. When I was geting my teeth checked my front left tooth is really loose. I can move it with my tongue. My orthodontist said to leave the wires off to see if the tooth will strengthen by itself. Do you think it is possible for a really really loose tooth to strengthen itself and what should I do to help it ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Braces breaking: My son had braces put on 2 months ago. His braces have broken off 4 times; where the bracket comes off the tooth. What would cause this and what do you recommend? The dentist acts like it is no big deal; but it is getting very frustrating taking him in all the time. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Nickle allergies and braces: My 13 year old son seems to have a nickle allergy from his braces. He has 6 months to go with the braces on. Are there any long term effects from wearing braces that we should be concerned about? Are there any systemic effects? His gums are always red and swollen even to the point of covering the top of his teeth. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Braces to make room for adult sized tooth? My daughter lost her last baby tooth Upper Lateral Incisor. We went to the Dentist and he said the adult tooth will be too large for the space available and said she needs braces to enlarge the space. How is this accomplished with braces? ...Visitor from AR     (answer)

  • Braces and Buckteeth: I have had braces for over 5 years to correct an overbite. My orthodontist said it was about time my braces were removed, but the funny thing is, my overbite isn't corrected. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Braces and Swollen Lymph Nodes: Can a person be allergic to braces? Soon after my son had his braces put on his lymph nodes started to swell. Is it possible that he is allergic to the Nickel in the braces? He has been tested for every other possible cause ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Damon Self Ligating Braces and Periodontal Disease: I have perio problems with approximately 40% bone loss. Is it possible for me to have self ligating (damon system) braces? ...Visitor from London England United Kingdom     (answer)

  • Lower braces causing spaces in upper teeth? I am in my 40's. I just got metal braces on my bottom teeth just to straighten them. My top teeth and bite were fine. After just 3 weeks my bite is bad and I have a space on my top teeth. I assume my bite will be put back to normal in the next year, but I am not sure why I am getting a space on my top. Should I have gotten braces on my top too? I didn't think they could move if I didn't have braces on them. I am very concerned about my top teeth. I am now wearing a nite guard. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Braces or retainer? I'm 33 years old female and have gaps between 4 of my upper front teeth. About 8 years ago, I enquired about braces and was told that my facial profile/structure does not allow for braces. I did not understand that but on the dentist's recommendation, I've had the gaps bonded. However, I'm thinking of having the gaps closed by either braces or retainer. I'd like to know which option would be better? Is braces safe at my age? Will there be any maintanance required in long term? Are there any potential problems possible as a result of this work? My dentist has informed me that I have healthy teeth and have no major issues. ...Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • Teeth pulled for braces! I am a 26 year old female who had braces during middle school. My orthodontist pulled 4 teeth (2 on top, 2 on bottom) because of overcrowding. However, my smile has never been the same since and I do not like it. It is not symmetrical and not as wide as it used to be. I never had large teeth, in fact very small ones, so I have no idea why I had teeth pulled. Is there anything I can do to fix this and try to get a "normal" smile again? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • How to push front teeth back without braces: My front teeth are jetting out to the front. My dentist told me braces wouldn't work because my gum is too forward. Is there anything else to help push my front two tooth back? ...Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • Braces make Bucked Teeth straight? I am a 24 year old female inquiring about braces. I would like to know if I get braces because I have an overbite (bucked teeth) and a gap will it make my teeth straight? How soon will I notice a diffrence? When will the teeth start to shift? Do they hurt and what to expect. ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • 17 years of braces: I'm dating a guy who is 32 and has had his braces on since he was 15. He said he never got around to getting them off. What kind of damage can leaving braces on for this long do? I don't believe he's been to the dentist in a while because I'm sure a dentist would have recommended getting them off. ...Visitor from IL     (answer)


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