Category Archives: Orthodontics

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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Orthodontist Said Fluorosis Means I Can’t Get Braces

I’m very sad. I grew up in Columbia and became a citizen of the United States about ten years ago. I’ve always wanted to straighten my teeth, but needed to get financially stable first. I am and went to my … Continue reading

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Does an Open Bite REALLY Have to be Fixed?

My dentist wants me to get braces. He insists my open bite needs to be fixed. There’s nothing really wrong with my teeth except for that. Is it really necessary to fix it? I suspect it’s either just for cosmetic … Continue reading

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