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  • Tooth gap options Hello, I have had braces for just about three years and I have had oral surgery three times already. I have two impacted canines and one is visible and has a bracket on it. The second one is still in my gums and I am left with a gap on the right side of my mouth from having the canine still in my gums and a tooth recently removed. I'm a fifteen year old female and the gap is causing me a lot of insecurities and I start school soon. Is there anything that I can ask my orthodontist to use to fill the gap until the canine comes down? ... Visitor from New Jersey     (answer)

  • My son is 15 years old and his orthodontist is suggesting that he get two of his maxillary teeth removed, #5 and #12 before braces and then the braces will be placed to push his teeth back to correct his overbite. Is this the right decision for my son? ... Visitor from Saint Petersburg     (answer)

  • Palatel Expander: My daughter had a palatel expander placed and removed about 6 months ago and now her orthodontist is recommending she have it put back in. We are expected to pay half the cost of the initial cost. Isn't this something that could have been avoided and is this a reasonable expectation of cost? ... Visitor from Grand Rapids     (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)

  • Retainer has been lost for 3 weeks: My eight year old son had an expander. He now has a retainer. We found out today that he lost it three weeks ago and never told us. Is all the work he has done ruined? ... Visitor from Verona     (answer)

  • Bottom and top braces together: My daughter is 14 years old. The doctor recomended to put bottom and top braces together the same day without any prior diagnostics. Is it a profesional approach? Shouldn't he put top braces on first and then and after 2 or 3 months but btaces on the bottom bottom row? ... Visitor from Armenia     (answer)

  • When my son knocked out his front permanent tooth at 10 yrs., the dentist reimplanted and bonded it to his other front tooth. Now, at age 13, he needs braces. Unfortunately, x-rays show that the root where the fracture took place has a very large space indicating that the tooth must be removed. How does orthodontics work in a case like this? Should I find a specialized orthodontist? HELP!!    (answer)

  • To get clear braces do you have to have a perfect bite? Are the clear braces more expensive? Do clear braces work just as good and as fast as the metal?    (answer)

  • I have braces and my front two teeth there's always a gap between them and I have had them for 2 years now. When the gap gets probably to its best my one front tooth it's crooked, like on the top part. I was wondering if there is anything to be done or if my tooth will always be a little crooked?    (answer)

  • My daughter has top two impacted incisors. She does have an appt. with an orthodontist. She has seen her pediatrician for the discomfort and she is taking tylenol with codiene. Will the the orthodontist be able to do anything the first visit? She seems to be hurting alot.    (answer)

  • I recently had my braces removed and am not impressed with the results. I'm not sure if it is a problem my orthodontist can correct or a problem I need a dentist to fix. I like a really wide smile...(which mine is not at present). I am not sure if my ortho can correct this or if I should get my gums cut to show more of my teeth. I would like to know who cuts gums, how much it costs to have the procedure completed and if I am a candidate. Can you help?    (answer)

  • What procedure is used when correcting an underbite? Is it a pretty standard procedure, and what types of problems are possible when doing this procedure?     (answer)

  • My 12 year old son has a canine tooth (upper left side) which is positioned over two teeth back from where it needs it descend into place. His baby canine (tooth H) has not fallen out. We are considering having the baby canine extracted and the adult canine exposed and bracketed. What is the liklihood that the adult canine can traverse two teeth (using brackets and orthodontia) in order to pull and drop it into place? Is this risking damage to the roots of the canine or the other teeth? Is moving the adult canine into place over such a "far" distance a risk to its sucessful placement? ...Carol    (answer)

  • I wear braces and have had them for one year. I noticed yesterday that my lower gum area is very sore and tender. I also notice that my gums have darkened in some areas. There is a very tiny puss pocket between the extra flesh connected to my gum and lower lip. Could you tell me what this is and what home rememdies I can try until I see my dentist?    (answer)

  • I heard of a new treatment where the dentist uses a little laser to burn the "rubber bands" that hold your teeth in place. Since these are genetically coded to hold your teeth in a certain way. Usually this is performed after orthodontic treatment in addition to the retainer. What is the name of the treatment? Is it paradonticts? ...Stacey    (answer)

  • Do retainers cause cavities? I brush my teeth regularly and even more. I clean my retainers with Efferdent, and I rinse with antiseptic mouth wash. Yet I still have cavities on my back, lower teeth. How is this? I don't understand because I have always brushed my teeth and never had the first cavity until I got my braces off and started wearing retainers at night. ...Lauren    (answer)

  • My daughter has an underbite problem that runs in my husband's family. I've asked 3 orthodontists on the proper treatment and have gotten different responses. One orthodontist recommended using a reverse-pull head gear that should be started during age seven to minimixe the need for jaw surgery. I would like to consider this option but the other orthodontists are reluctant to say that such method will work since at this young age my daughter is still growing. Has reverse-pull headgear been proven to work? Please help me understand clinical facts about these orthodontics - orthopedic products because I really would like to treat this problem early and prevent any jaw surgery. ...Christina    (answer)

  • I've had my braces on for 3 years. I was going to get them off then a tooth in the front shifted sideways. My orthodontist told me she'd watch it for another 2 months and if it hasn't shifted she'd finally take them off. Well, it's shifted back, I now have a perfect smile. But they're still on. I'm afraid the more I wait the more cavities I'll have, and then little squares will be on my teeth. I brush when I can, morning, noon, and night, but is there anything else I can do to prevent the squares? And what else is there to know about retainers? ...Stacy    (answer)

  • I have a 12 year old son, who has an underbite. His lower jaw is growing out of proportion and the orthodontist told me that he needs jaw surgery and on top of this, he has overcrowded and crooked teeth. Could you please tell me what the criteria are for recomending surgery and the pros and cons of it. Are braces recommended? ...Grace    (answer)

  • My son is 14 years old and has had his braces on for 4 years. We are waiting for his adult cuspids to come in. The orthodontist suggested surgical exposure so that we don't have to wait any longer than necessary. What is your opinion of this and where can i find more info? ...Janet    (answer)

  • I've needed braces for about 2 years now. I don't want to get the normal braces. I was wondering if they have the braces that you put behind your teeth. If so, how does it work? Could anyone get them or people that don't have it as bad? ...Michael in AZ     (answer)

  • I am 14 and have been to three orthodontists about staightening my 4 frount teeth. My family dentist said that I didn't have to have braces, it was just cosmetic. My mom took me to the orthodontists and all 3 said well they may as well go on and fix every little thing and keep them on for 2+ yrs. Why? All I want is my eye teeth straightened. A friend mom works in an ortho. Office and she has invisable braces and says hey would work for me in very little time but no Dr. In my area wants to do that. Why do all orthodontists think like this? ...Emily in KY     (answer)

  • My 1 1/2 year old daughter has an underbite. What procedure is typically followed to correct these types of bites? How common of a problem is this? ...Jennifer in MI     (answer)

  • My 13 year old daughter is in need of braces and we have spoken to three different orthodontists and have gotten different approaches to fixing her smile. One is recommending using appliances to "expand her jaw" and thus create the space needed for straight teeth. Another Orthodontist says that extraction of existing teeth is the way to create the space needed. Yet another tells us that the jaw CANNOT be successfully and permanently altered with out surgery. HELP!!! How does this expansion technique work? How long has it been used?? What are the pros and cons of this method?? PLEASE let me know what the latest on this subject is. ... Sid in MI     (answer)

  • I am 18 years old and am currently entering my 5th year with braces. I have been patient throughout the entire process and have recently been told to wear elastics on my braces to fix my bite. From what I have been told my teeth only need to move about 3mm. The problem is that the elastics give me really bad, constant headaches. I am becoming increasingly less patient with the process and want them off. It is not the fact that they hurt me, it is more that the elastics are not very sociable and people look at me as though I have spit or food stuck in my mouth. I cannot really see the point in going through all of this to correct a tiny little problem which doesn't actually affect my everyday life. What I would like to know is whether or not I can demand to have them taken off and if so, what types of ramifications can I expect later in life if this tiny problem with my bite is not corrected. ...Daniel in Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia     (answer)

  • How should someone with a very large gap in there two front teeth go about getting there teeth fixed? ...Dwayne in MD     (answer)

  • I went to an orthodontist today. I have diastema in my upper set of teeth and an overbite. He suggested to have one of my central incisors extracted to provide space for my protruding upper teeth to move. Is this an uncommon practice? Will it make my lower teeth assymmetrical since one tooth is out? Will it affect my bite? ...Georgina in Baltimore, MD     (answer)

  • I had othodontic work carried out for the last 18 moths now and in the next 2 months I will get my lingual braces out. My othodontist tells me that I will have to weear a retainer (in the top part of my mouth) for the rest of my life, to stop the teeth moving back in again. This is to be worn at night in conjunction with fixed retainers on the back of some of my teeth I think. I thought the idea of wearing the retainer was that after a couple of years, you could stop wearing it, since the teeth would now be fixed in their final permanent positions. Can you advise on any other method that would fix my teeth in place without the need to wear a retianer for the rest of my life, it seems a bit of a drastic course of treatment. Thanks ...Jon in Dundee, Scotland     (answer)

  • Hi, I have had my braces off for over a year now and have been wearing retainers since then. I am unhappy with one of my teeth because it is further back than the rest of them. I went to the orthodontist today and had an impression done for a new retainer to fix this problem. They said they could put an attachment on the new retainer that would push my tooth forward. What is the name of this attachment and how long will I have to wear it? Can I just wear it at night? Thanks ...Kristin     (answer)

  • My 12 year old daughter has an underbite where the upper front teeth have pushed her lower teeth back, thus, her uppers are over her lowers even with the underbite. She was evaluated by an orthodontist today who says her upper jaw or palate is small and not growing fast enough and her bottom jaw is growing too fast. He recommends a palate extender on her upper jaw, to be worn approx. 3 months. The extender would be permanently attached and I would use a tool to expand the appliance on a scheduled basis at home with regular visits to assess progress. He then wants to re-evaluate before proceeding with braces. Is this extender appliance treatment appropriate and common for this type of problem at age 12? If surgery would ever be required what would the surgery procedure involve? What results are reasonable to expect from the extender therapy/braces for and underbite without surgery? ...Karen in NC     (answer)

  • I have an overbite of about 1/4 of an inch. I'm not afraid of getting braces but I am afraid of getting teeth pulled. Just wondering if it is likely that I would have to get some teeth pulled to fix an overbite of this size? ... Jim in PA     (answer)

  • I recently had my braces removed and have not been able to wear my acrylic retainer regularly because it seems to make me sick...is there a possibility that I could be allergic to it? If so what are some of the sypmtoms I should look for. ...Jennifer in OR     (answer)

  • How long is a permanent retainer worn behind the front teeth? What is used to remove it if it is to be removed or does it fall out over time?     (answer)

  • I've been wearing braces for about four years. The process is long and it doesn't seem to be working. Is there another suggestion or another way in having a brighter smile? ...Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • I just got my braces off today. When I close my mouth, my teeth look fine, but when you look up at my teeth from below, there's a space between the upper and lower 4 teeth. I think that they should be touching. Is that right? I asked my orthodontist about it, but she said that it was normal. Should there be a space? My upper teeth go over my lower teeth a little bit, which I think is normal, but it's just that there's spaces in between them. If I try to bite on a piece of paper, I can't clamp on it; it just slides right out. ...Visitor from WA     (answer)

  • I am getting my braces off in four weeks. My orthodontist has informed me that I will have to wear a mouth gaurd for four days and then at night. What is the reason for wearing this and will I be able to talk with it at work? ...Visitor from MN     (answer)

  • I am getting braces because I want my teeth to be pushed back. But the orthodontist I went to said she would have to pull 4 of my teeth out, 2 from the top and 2 from the bottom, before she could put my braces in. Is this true? ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • I was born with a gap between my two front teeth. And I was wondering if braces are the only way to get gaps fixed or are there any other procedures to fix gaps between your teeth? Also I was curious to how long one would have to wear braces in order for the gap to be fixed. ..Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • Can you leave braces on beyond the date that they are supposed to be removed? Will it cause damage to leave braces on after they are no longer needed? ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • I'm 14 and need braces, but I play an instrument. I was wondering if lingual braces are any better or worse than regular braces for people who play instruments. I was also wondering if there were any orthodontists in South Carolina who specialized in lingual braces. Visitor from SC     (answer)

  • My dentist said I need braces and that my jaw needs to be built up. What does that mean? Does my jaw get broken? ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Any recommendation for 21 month old child with underbite - Our son has underbite. Is there a way to solve this problem now at this age before it gets worse? ...Visitor from Istanbul, Turkey     (answer)

  • I have had my braces on for more than 3 years and I am more than anxious to get them off. When I went to the Orthodontist a week ago he told me my over bite was 3mm. I was wondering what the over bite is suppose to be. And I just got rubber bands too and they gave me the most flexible ones. Are they going to give me larger ones next time? I just want to get some more information so I know when I can expect to get my braces off... thank you so much!! ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • My boyfriend has a bad overbite. He can not close his mouth when he sleeps. He has a 10 year old son with the same overbite. If we get married and have children, what are the chances that our children will have this same overbite? Is there any way to prevent this from happening to future children. Also, at what age should a child get dental help for an overbite? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • How can I whiten my teeth at home even though I have braces? ...Visitor from VT     (answer)

  • My daughter is 14 and her orthodontist recommended full braces with rubber bands to correct her bite. The orthodontist said that she could still keep growing into an underbite, right now her teeth come together - top and bottom. We went ahead with the braces option, but her first appointment to get spacers put in didn't go well at all, and I let her take them out after about 18 hours into them. We had been up all night because she couldn't stand the pain. So I cancelled the braces appointments and plan to get another opinion. Meanwhile we saw a commercial on the television on some type of invisible braces that can actually correct an underbite. So my question to you is . . . Do you have any information on this product? I've tried to find it on the internet, but haven't found anything yet. ...Visitor from MN     (answer)

  • My son, age 11, has been diagnosed with a 3mm overbite. Two orthodontists have seen him. One treatment plan suggests using a twinblock and then braces over the next 2 years. The second plan suggests braces then surgery to the jaw or teeth when he is 18. Furthermore, the second indicated that the first approach (the twinblock) would NOT work. How would you recommend resolving such conflicting approaches? What key questions should I be asking? ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • For a little while it has hurt alot to push in on the area just above my chin. Recently it has started to hurt without force, and there is swelling on the inside of my bottom lip, not on the gums though. Also, I just recently got braces off, and I just put the bottom retainers in for the first time in a week or so, and my front bottom teeth are shifting back into place painfully, and they are a little loose. What could be causing this swelling? And could this be the actual cause of my bottom teeth to become loose? ...Visitor from Maine     (answer)

  • How often is a tonsilectomy required for proper orthodontia? If a patient is borderline necessary, can proper mouth dynamics be achieved without the surgery. This patient shows no classic signs of problems..ie. infection, apnea, etc. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • I have a 21 month old daughter with a noticeable underbite. When should I have her seen by an orthodontist and when should treatment begin? Isn't sooner better since her jaw is still maleable? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I'm 16 and have had my braces off for about a little over a year. Before i had my braces, my teeth were pretty straight, but my top teeth did not overlap my bottom teeth. They touched at the ends. So after my 2 years with braces, my teeth were perfect. I wore my retainer for the 2 week period fulltime, then at nights only. I forgot to put them in for about 3 weeks, but mainly because the retainers were loose and didn't stay in anyway. Well, my teeth have shifted, or so I think, but maybe it's just my jaw growing. My teeth are still straight, but between where my top teeth and bottom teeth should overlap there's a space now. I'm wondering if getting braces again is the only way to fix this or if clear ones will work too? ....Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Orthodontics and Lockjaw: My daughter is thirteen years old and wears braces. She had them tightened about 2 days ago. She yawned and her jaw got stuck then it snapped back in a couple of seconds. This really scared her and she says it keeps snapping and its painful. Enough to make her cry. What can I do to help her? Is this a serious problem? What causes this? ....Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Small lower jaw: My top teeth are straight .. it's just my lower teeth. In my lower mouth my two fronts are in the back because when it was time to take out my baby teeth I didn't so the permanent teeth grew behind the baby teeth. The dentist I went to put braces on my top teeth and gave me a retainer for my bottom teeth to make space so they can put braces on the bottom. But my jaw is so small that it is taking a long time for my lower jaw to gain the space it needs to get braces on them. I was considering a surgery on my lower teeth to make them straight. But ... after the surgery will I have to wear braces? And if so how long? ....Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Asymmetrical Chin due to Orthodontic Braces: I got braces to correct a gap between my 2 front teeth 2 years ago. The gap has since been closed but now I find that my chin has become asymmetrical towards the left side. I am very sure it was because of the braces because my orthodontist warned me about it, although it turned out to be more obvious than I expected. Is there any way to bring my chin back to its original position while keeping my teeth corrected? ....Visitor from Singapore     (answer)

  • Class III Occlusion: 10 year old female with class III occlusion. We have been to 2 different orthodontists and have received 2 totally different treatment plans. One has suggested braces with headgear. This would slow her bottom jaw from growing and encourage the top jaw. The other has suggested a Franklin Device. It is a retainer that would do the same thing. Would it be best to go with the braces since they will take less time or the Franklin device? ....Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • Excess Gum Tissue after removing Ortho braces: I'm 18 and recently had my braces taken off finally. After, even though I have very good cleaning habits, I noticed that between my upper teeth there have been large areas of gum tissue growing down between my teeth. I had a picture taken with some friends and noticed they didn't have this. I am wondering what is a good way to help push these gums back up to where they should be? Will frequent flossing get the job done or should I try to scrape the growth off? ....Visitor from CO     (answer)

  • Gap between front teeth: My 12 year old daughter has a gap between her two front teeth. The rest of her teeth are fine. Can you recommend something other than braces? ....Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Uneven Teeth in 7 year old: My 7 year old son's teeth are growing in wrong. The top of his teeth aren't flat and straight. Instead the top of the are up and down. Almost like a zig zag line. Except its on the top of his teeth. ....Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Developing Underbite in 6 year old: My son is neasrly 6 years old and has an underbite. It is not severe, but does affect his smile. The dentist has suggested that we use a reverse pull headgear and that his is the ideal age to do it so he may not require surgery in the future. Other answers on your web site lead one to believe that an underbite can be fixed, then come back. Is this the time to fix his underbite? Or is it better to wait until his permenant teeth start to come in? ....Visitor from UT     (answer)

  • Undo orthodontics and get implants: I got braces about 2 years ago at 45 years old and am so unhappy with the results. I had 4 extractions to correct an overbite. Prior to braces I had a big beautiful smile. Now I feel like my face is caved in and you can hardly see my teeth anymore. I went to another orthodontist to ask about reversing the procedure (open closed spaces) and placing implants where teeth were removed. He recommends against it. What would you suggest? ....Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Orthodontic movement of adults molars? One orthodontist says that molars can be moved, one says they can't. The one that says they can't is the one I'm receiving treatment from, but I feel that the treatment is incomplete, leaving large gaps in my mouth and a crossbite where my upper molars are "out of place". Is it possible to move molars in an adult? ....Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Extractions at a young age? My 7 year old went to the orthodontist because her front teeth are crowding. He recommended to have her 4 baby canine teeth extracted to give her front teeth room to straighten out. Is this common? Is it better to have the teeth removed now or to wait until she is old enough to get braces? ....Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Retainers: My son's orthodontist is about to install permanent retainers on my son's teeth. There was not even a prior consultation about this. Are "permanent" retainers a common practice now? What is the benefit? Permanent sounds a very intimidating. My son is 13 and is about to have his braces removed. ....Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • Pros and Cons of Extracting Permanent Teeth: I have a 9 year old daughter who's mouth is very crowded. She has lost all but 4 of her baby teeth. Our orthodontist is recommending that we have 4 permanent teeth extracted. Is this a good idea? I am worried about how her mouth and face will look without all her teeth. I also hear from a friend who works in the dental field that removing permanent teeth could cause migraines. Is this true? I don't know what to do! ....Visitor from MN     (answer)

  • Will fixing an overbite cause the jaw to jet out? My daughter just had a consultation for her overbite. She has beautifully straight teeth and a beautiful face, but an overbite that is about a category 7 or 8 (whatever that means). The orthodontist is suggesting a metal appliance that will bring her bottom jaw forward. The problem - I feel this changes her appearance and makes her jaw jet out and LARGE. My other children went to this ortho business when someone else was the orthodontist. They also had the severe overbite (runs in the family). I have been very happy with how they turned out. Only rubberbands were used. Is there not an alternative to this new appliance? I just want her to look like herself - not change her appearance. ....Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • Gums increasing not receding: I got braces about 8 months ago and have noticed that my gums are growing up around the braces. I am wondering what this means and how to help it. ...Visitor from UT     (answer)

  • Adult tooth not appearing: My daughter lost a tooth a year ago but her adult tooth has not come in yet. I can see it and feel it behind her gums, but it has not come out. The rest of her teeth fall and are replaced by adult teeth usually within the month. Its her front tooth, and she is afraid to eat anything that requires too much work to eat. Her xrays show that her tooth is there. I tell her to rub her gum to encourage her tooth to come out. Is that helpful????? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Reverse pull head gear vs palate expander: My 6 year old son needs some early orthodontia. He has a crossbite, no room for adult lateral incisors, and his 6 year old molars are hung up on the baby teeth in front of them. His dentist recommended using a palate expander and a reverse pull headgear. We got a second opinion from another orthodontist who said his problem is all tooth position related and non-friction braces can take care of it all and widen the palate, too. He said that he has not used a palate expander in the last 5 years. What should be done? ...Visitor from OR     (answer)

  • Remove Braces for Gingivitis Treatment? My previous orthodontist became mentally unstable and is no longer practicing. However 2 new doctors have taken over for him. I went to a new orthodontist instead who suggested removing all of my son's braces (he's 4 months into phase 2) and getting a proper cleaning (he has gingivitis) and then restarting the braces again because of his dirty teeth. Does this seem extreme? ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Extract 4 Teeth for Orthodontic Treatment: My daughter is 11. She will no doubt need braces at some point in her life. There appears to be some overcrowding of her teeth. Is it common to recommend that she have 4 teeth pulled prior to fitting her for braces? Would she fair better to wait for a few years and perhaps not need to lose so many teeth? ...Visitor from DC     (answer)

  • Possible impacted canines? My son is now nearly 11 years old and has had 6 teeth pulled in the last 4 years to correct a cross bite and has had braces on upper teeth for 7 months now. His teeth are straightening out beautifully and the somewhat narrow gap left from the extraction of his deciduous canines 1 1/2 years ago has been opened up to allow his adult canines to decend. However, it has been a year and a half with no canines and I'm wondering if they will ever drop into place. There's no evidence of palatal eruption or disfigurement. Will these teeth ever decend, could they get reabsorbed if they stay in too long? Is there a procedure to set them into proper place? ...Visitor from ME     (answer)

  • Painful Orthodontics: My 11 year still has seveal baby teeth that aren't showing signs of coming out as yet-top and bottom. He has had a lingual arch put on his top teeth. Its wraos around his molars and then there is a wire that archs around his teeth. He has had nothing but pain, cold sores on his cheeks, can't eat anything that isn't soft because he is in pain, he's drooped weight due to this thing. My question is: how necessary is it for him to have this devise at this stage? Can I wait for any type of treatment until all his baby teeth have fallen out? I know scores of people that have had braces on at differnt ages and their teeth turned out just fine..without having this devise. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Fix Orthodontic Extraction caused Midline Shift: My 15 year old daughter wore braces for almost 4 years to correct her back bite. Her teeth were never crooked or misaligned. In the process, she was told she needed a top tooth extracted. When her braces were removed, the center line of both her top and bottom teeth is now too far to the right. What, if anything, can be done to correct this? ...Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • Tooth extraction and braces: My daughter is an almost 13 year old girl with braces on for 1 year. 4 middle lower teeth are very crooked. One has turned 90 degrees. The Orthodontist wants to pull one middle lower tooth to make room. The jaw cannot be widened much more without adverse effects down the road for other lower teeth. How common is this and will it look odd to have 3 teeth in the bottom front? My daughter is very upset with this treatment and turn of events. We need reassurance. ...Visitor from MO     (answer)

  • Extract 4 Teeth to Fix Overbite? I was just at the dentist with my daughter and she told me that I really have to consider pulling 4 teeth from my daughter because her overbite is bad. This way (she already has braces on) they could close up the space and correct the overbite better. I truly don't understand this and don't know who to turn to to find out if this doctor is looking out for the best interest of my daughter or trying to make additional money on her. Can you please give me some advice and let me know if you ever heard of this sort of treatment before. It would be two teeth from the top and two from the bottom. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • 5mm Overjet....Need braces? My daughter (age 13) has a beautiful set of straight teeth and a 5 mm overjet. The orthodontist said she needs braces because otherwise in the future, she will have problems and need caps and/or crowns. We are concerned because it seems that orthos recommend braces for every kid they see. Can you give us an idea if braces are really necessary? ...Visitor from NE     (answer)

  • Remove 4 bicuspids? I'm currently having braces. The orthodontist said I have a little underbite and narrow upper jaw. She is making me wear an expander and lower lip bumper. She also wants to remove my 4 biscupids. I really don't want to lose my teeth, but want to achieve good smile, too. I'm confused. By the way, I had my wisdom teeth removed 3 months ago. ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • Orthodontics in Children: I have a 8 1/2 yr old who has top and bottom expanders with arms and 4 top and bottm braces on the front. She has alot of pain from the arms which attach to bottom and top back teeth and lay between her cheeks and teeth. They dig into the lining of her cheeks. She has a very small mouth and is being treated to expand her mouth to fit all her teeth and also correct here severe overbite. Can the dentist use rubberbands to fix the overbite or do only some dentists use those? The arms are causing deep sores and bleeding. The child has had to be on Loritab for the extreme pain. The dentist took out arms after 1 week to heal and have had them in 1 week and nothing can stop the digging into the cheeks since she has no room left.She wears cotton rolls all the time. ...Visitor from MO     (answer)

  • Class 3 Underbite: My daughter is 8 years old and has a class 3 underbite. I have taken her to 2 dentists. Dentist no. 1 said she must go to an orthodontist for braces and dentist no. 2 said we should do nothing till she is 12 when she could have her lower jaw broken and reset by a maxillo-facial surgeon. Dentist no 2 also said that her jaw will go back to how it was after braces have been removed as she is still growing. I would really appreciate your advice. ...Visitor from South Africa     (answer)

  • Shaving teeth for braces? My son is a candidate for brace due to lower overcrowding, some upper turned teeth and a slight overbite. We've gone to two orthodontists with very different treatment ideas. The prices vary from 4500 to 5500. The first suggested shaving several lower back teeth and 18 months of braces. The second suggests 27 months and may have suggested expanding. I am extremely wary of teeth shaving. My son and I grind our teeth already and probably need all the enamel we've got. Is shaving teeth a good standard? ...Visitor from NM     (answer)

  • Pull 2 first bicspids to make up for right canine? I am a 20 year old female who is getting braces because of crowding in the bottom front portion of my mouth. Also I am missing my canine tooth on the top right. My orthodontist suggested pulling 2 first bicuspid left teeth (top and bottom) to make up for the missing right canine tooth. I'd like a second opinion, is this logical? ...Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • Large protruding teeth: My daughter has big teeth and she had braces and due to the size of her teeth she has protrusion. Is there anything we can do? She is so unhappy with her smile. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Tooth extraction to relieve crowding: I am 19 years old and about 10 months ago I had a front lower tooth removed to fix a crowding problem. I just got my braces off, which were only on my bottom teeth. I had an upper retainer. Now it seems that my upper teeth are sticking out from my lowers. Did I make a mistake by getting the tooth extracted? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

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