Dental Braces Questions

  • appointment scheduling

    Since the age of six I've been pressured to have braces and now at 40 I 'gave in'. Was sent to an orthodontist who did not care much about my moving teeth (I grind them a lot) but sent me to a speech pathologist and asked me to come back when my...

  • Braces: Cosmetic or Needed?

    I grew up poor so seeing a dentist was difficult, even now that i'm 20 its hard. I have many crooked teeth, mostly bottom row in front. My teeth just seem to crowd my mouth, and some overlap others. It makes it difficult to get everywhere while...

  • How many months are elastic used for?

    Hi, so I got my braces in September 2014. The orthodontist said I would only need them for about 18 months. At my last appointment he gave me panda elastics to wear only at night. I have been doing that since the last appointment. After the...

  • If a spring pops off my bracket, is it an

    Earlier today, one of the springs on my braces popped off my while I was brushing my teeth. The spring that I am talking about is one of those springs that looks like a little coil in front of your brackets, and are used to tighten your braces up....

  • My permanent retainer broke and teeth have shifted

    I got my braces off four months ago and in the last week or so my upper fixed bonded retainer (only spans across front 5-6 teeth) broke. I have noticed that my upper right and left central teeth have gaped a little more then before and also that my...

  • Even though I was instructed to wear my retainer 24/7, is it okay to not wear it to school?

    Hi, I just recently got my braces off and was instructed to wear my retainer 24/7 for 6 months. I was wondering if it would be okay if I just didn\'t wear it at school? I am there for about 7 hours of you add up the minutes. Then I would wear it...

  • How to deal with braces when traveling abroad?

    I want to teach English abroad, but I have braces. I was supposed to be done with them already, but since I've been away for college (different states) it's been more of an inconvenience than anything. The orthodontist said it wouldn't be an...

  • Will my teeth shift back after wearing permanent retainers for 11 years?

    I had braces from age 10-15 and received a permanent retainer both on my bottom and top teeth. I am now 26. I am wondering if it would be ok to get my retainers removed. They don't bother me but I'd like them removed because it makes it harder to...

  • Off-center teeth and jaw problem

    Hello Doctor, those are the facts: 1. my teeth are off-center the upper are by 4-7mm and the bottom 2-3mm. 2. my jaw isn’t 100% symmetrical 3. when I open close my mouth it doesn’t keep a straight line My guess is that this happens because...

  • Can my overbite come back?

    I had braces for 3 years on the top teeth. I had four brackets across the four front teeth. Then after that I had a 2 year period with no braces only a retainer. Then after those two years when I was 12 I got a full set of braces on top and bottom...

  • Braces damaged my features

    Hello, hoping someone could answer my inquiry. I had braces removed 3 months ago after wearing them for a year. The thing is I don\\\'t like the change in my features now. The middle face sunk in and jaw line change. Now I still have the inner wire...

  • Will braces fix my loose teeth

    I have a severe cross bite. I have two loose tooth at the bottom of my mouth. Will braces straightened out my teeth and tightened and pull the loose teeth together. Or do I need to be reeferto another specialist? I have an appointment scheduled with...

  • Bracket dislodged from tooth.

    My top back bracket came off my tooth. I have a rubber chain that is barely keeping it in place. I can\'t get in to my orthodontist for six days. Should I slide the bracket off the wire,and clip it? It is on my primary chewing side. Will it be...

  • How long will my braces be on for?

    I got my train track braces on the 5th of Feb. I got both, the top and bottom fitted together. I had to get braces due to my 4 bottom incisors being crooked. My top teeth however are perfectly straight. I had all 4 of my second molars extracted so...

  • Closing spaces

    I just recently had my wires changed on my braces and a different pattern for my elastics placed, it was mentioned to me on my next appointment they are putting in more hooks and elastics I can't remove to close spaces. What kind of elastics would...

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