Category Archives: Orthodontics

How Long Will I Need this Retainer?

I had braces in my teens. My teeth have done fine in past years but then started to shift again. I went to see a new orthodontist as an adult. He said I had a couple of options. I could … Continue reading

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Are Orthodontics Required to Replace Crowns?

I have had two crowns on my front teeth for a while. They are starting to show their age and really need to be replaced. For some reasons, my dentist is insisting that I do orthodontics first before he’ll replace … Continue reading

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Orthodontics before Crowns?

I’m hoping you can help me. I have had two crowns on my front teeth for a long time. They’ve always looked a little pastier than my other teeth, but now they have this unsightly gray line and they are … Continue reading

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One Orthodontist Thousands Less

I don’t know how it is possible for one orthodontist to cost so much less than another. It’s appealing, but I don’t want to make a mistake about this. I’m out of college and in my first PR job. My … Continue reading

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Dentist Insisting I Get Braces

I’m at my wit’s end. I know I’ll never be able to have a perfect smile, but I was hoping for something at least not humiliating. I have crowns on my two front teeth. They’re over 15 years old and … Continue reading

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The Aftermath of Thumb Sucking

Can you help me? I have a teenager who is still sucking her thumb and now her teeth are protruding quite a bit. She’s starting high school soon and I want her to feel beautiful. But, they’re not just an … Continue reading

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Gum Recession During Braces

I had a problem with gum recession during my braces. This created a black triangle at my gums. Is there a solution for this? Dave Dear Dave, Unfortunately, quite a few patients develop this problem with traditional braces. Many patients … Continue reading

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Do Braces Cause Spots on Teeth?

My mom wants me to get braces. I want to get Invisalign. She says I’d have to give her a good reason to pay the extra for Invisalign. My friend Sydney got braces and when they came off her teeth … Continue reading

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DIY Braces

I’ve got a group of girls in my elementary school class who are doing DIY braces with rubber bands. I know this has to be dangerous, but when I told them that they said that “I didn’t know because I’m … Continue reading

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Dentist Told Me to Go to Orthodontist Not Cosmetic Dentist

I have a gap between my teeth I want to fix with cosmetic dentistry. I’d asked my dentist for a referral but he says that’s a waste of money and I should see an orthodontist. I’m too old for a … Continue reading

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