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John B. Harrison, DDS,MSC

Orthodontist

Dr. John Harrison practices Orthodontics in Saint Petersburg, FL. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment includes metal wires that are inserted into orthodontic brackets, which can be made from stainless steel or a more aesthetic ceramic material. The wires interact with the brackets to move teeth into desired positions. Being advanced in the field, Dr. Harrison may also use Invisalign or other aligner trays that have been designed to align a patients? smile. As an orthodontist, Dr. Harrison must recognize various characteristics of a malocclusion or dentofacial deformity, define the nature of the problem, including the etiology if possible, and design a treatment strategy based on the specific needs and desires of the patient.
62 years Experience
John B. Harrison, DDS,MSC
  • Saint Petersburg, Largo, FL
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Accepting new patients

What happens if you get a cavity with Invisalign?

If you are cleaning your teeth and tray properly you should not get decay during treatment. the cavity might have been there before you began treatment. Be careful about drinking READ MORE
If you are cleaning your teeth and tray properly you should not get decay during treatment. the cavity might have been there before you began treatment. Be careful about drinking sweet drinks, and acid drinks like orange juice and milk while wearing trays as you are trapping cavity-producing bacteria beneath the tray. Keep the aligners clean.

Is zirconia crown good for front teeth?

Color matching might be a problem, make sure your are pleased with the limited color choice. Porcelain might be the better selection for a front tooth.

How do you get rid of stains after braces?

Once braces are removed, everyone needs a good professional cleaning to remove stains and polish teeth.

Do metal braces cause gum recession?

Gum recession can occur for many reasons that have nothing to do with braces, metal or ceramic, or plastic.. were gum recession to occur during orthodontic treatment it would be READ MORE
Gum recession can occur for many reasons that have nothing to do with braces, metal or ceramic, or plastic.. were gum recession to occur during orthodontic treatment it would be a sign of improper movement, improper brushing, or a clenching/grinding habit.

Do they put you to sleep when getting braces?

Getting braces is a non-event and no need to be nervous many patients doze off on their own while we place the attachments.

Do your teeth move back after Invisalign?

teeth will move back towards their original position no matter what technique is used if strict retention protocol is not followed up. moving teeth is one thing, keeping them in READ MORE
teeth will move back towards their original position no matter what technique is used if strict retention protocol is not followed up. moving teeth is one thing, keeping them in place is another issue.

How painful is a molar implant?

when skillfully done, an implant procedure is not a worry nor an unpleasant experience. most people are very surprised and satisfied with this dental restoration

Is it bad to leave a loose tooth in your mouth?

You should find out why the tooth is loose and get appropriate treatment to stabilize the tooth until it is no longer mobile. failure to get treatment will eventually lead to the READ MORE
You should find out why the tooth is loose and get appropriate treatment to stabilize the tooth until it is no longer mobile. failure to get treatment will eventually lead to the loss of the tooth as well as endanger adjacent teeth

Are permanent retainers necessary after braces?

permanent retainers are great for holding lower anterior teeth in place, removable retainers are an advantage on the upper if any expansion occurred, but if you do not want do READ MORE
permanent retainers are great for holding lower anterior teeth in place, removable retainers are an advantage on the upper if any expansion occurred, but if you do not want do wear retainers don't get your braces off or better yet never get them on because your treatment will fail

What helps swollen gums after getting orthodontics?

normally the swelling will recede within two weeks after braces are removed. good oral hygiene and a Peridex rinse twice a day will help the recovery. you should get a cleaning READ MORE
normally the swelling will recede within two weeks after braces are removed. good oral hygiene and a Peridex rinse twice a day will help the recovery. you should get a cleaning after braces are removed

How long will my teeth hurt after braces?

this will vary, usually two to three days of tenderness, sometimes a week, longer than that is most unusual. generic pain relievers work well for that short time.

Do braces still work without tightening?

"tightening" is a common word for adjusting tension on the wire working inside the bracket (brace) on each tooth. With self ligating (or self tightening) brackets as well as conventional READ MORE
"tightening" is a common word for adjusting tension on the wire working inside the bracket (brace) on each tooth. With self ligating (or self tightening) brackets as well as conventional tie in brackets, the wire works itself out until it is time to change to a larger size to keep the tooth under the precise control designed into the bracket with the appropriate size wire. So your answer is that braces work for several months until the wire has done all it can do and needs changing .Don't forget how important elastics or other forms of traction are as an augmenting force for correction. Nothing is on automatic, careful periodic inspection is necessary to stay on course, so don't skip appointments;

Do braces fix teeth permanently?

If you want your teeth to look as good as the day your braces were removed, then you must take on the responsibility of keeping them that way by wearing retainers as directed. READ MORE
If you want your teeth to look as good as the day your braces were removed, then you must take on the responsibility of keeping them that way by wearing retainers as directed. Permanent fixed retainer wires are bonded to the inside of the lower 6 anterior teeth are the best, in my opinion, for long-term trouble-free retention. Sometimes needed for the upper, if the incisors were noticeably rotated, but normally I use a removable hard plastic upper called a Hawley retainer. Unfortunately, it is removable which is good and bad. It can be lost at meal times, stepped on, or your dog eats it. So, if it is not in your mouth at night, it needs a safe place to live. Teeth will move and shift without retainers, so you are in charge of keeping your teeth straight.

Why does my breath always smell with braces?

Braces should not contribute to mouth odor, although they make oral hygiene more difficult. make sure you are brushing your tongue and palate, not eating upsetting foods or beverages, READ MORE
Braces should not contribute to mouth odor, although they make oral hygiene more difficult. make sure you are brushing your tongue and palate, not eating upsetting foods or beverages, and not mouth breathing. Thorough cleaning after meals and before bed are essential. If you do this well and still have a problem, then you may have some gastric reflux problems that your doctor could help you with. Your breath should not be noticeable unless you are smoking or drinking alcohol.

Can a dentist remove plaque with braces?

Yes and you should have your teeth cleaned regularly with braces, however, it is always best for your orthodontist to remove the arch wire before going for the cleaning then return READ MORE
Yes and you should have your teeth cleaned regularly with braces, however, it is always best for your orthodontist to remove the arch wire before going for the cleaning then return to have the wires replaced. It is difficult to do a good job if the arch wires are still in place.

Is it better to get traditional braces or Invisalign?

That is a universal question many ask and it will depend on you and your orthodontist agreeing on which is best for your situation. Clear aligner treatment is more under your control READ MORE
That is a universal question many ask and it will depend on you and your orthodontist agreeing on which is best for your situation. Clear aligner treatment is more under your control and braces are more under the orthodontist's control. The home care discipline for braces is more difficult, but maintaining the required hours wearing aligners is more difficult for some. The reason for the spaces has to be understood and how to best resolve the problem should be the main considerations not the appliance used to solve the problem. Either way, we want the result to be equal and the fee reasonably close.

Could a toothache be caused by getting braces?

Yes, and most likely more than one tooth for a few days after braces are placed and at appointments where new arch wires are placed. Teeth are very sensitive to any change in force READ MORE
Yes, and most likely more than one tooth for a few days after braces are placed and at appointments where new arch wires are placed. Teeth are very sensitive to any change in force or pressure to move them for a few days and common pain relievers should help get you more comfortable, Persistent pain in only one area is not the norm and your orthodontist should be notified to find and eliminate the cause.

How long after getting braces can I eat normally?

The sooner the better, in fact the dental exercise of eating helps blood flow nourish all the cells that contribute to tooth movement. I recommend chewing on a plastic wafer we READ MORE
The sooner the better, in fact the dental exercise of eating helps blood flow nourish all the cells that contribute to tooth movement. I recommend chewing on a plastic wafer we give to our patients to reduce the discomfort whereas taking things too easy prolongs tenderness. So get back to chewing.

How do I know when I'm ready for braces?

A professional opinion either from a dentist or orthodontist is your best answer. There are reasons for early treatment. Breathing and head posture problems can be noticed at ager READ MORE
A professional opinion either from a dentist or orthodontist is your best answer. There are reasons for early treatment. Breathing and head posture problems can be noticed at ager 3 - 5. Good advice early can be very helpful later on. Bad oral habits should be corrected as soon as detected. Kids at 7-9 often have lack space for erupting teeth and jaw growth disharmony which may need attention. Sometimes waiting until all the primary teeth are lost is the best time. Then many adults benefit that never had the opportunity for earlier treatment. So the prefect time depends on the circumstances for each individual.


What happens if you get a cavity with braces?

Usually your dentist will want the arch wire removed to access the cavity then replace the arch wire after the filling. Occasionally depending on where the cavity is, the bracket READ MORE
Usually your dentist will want the arch wire removed to access the cavity then replace the arch wire after the filling. Occasionally depending on where the cavity is, the bracket or tube bonded to the tooth might need to be removed also in order to do a correct restoration