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Dr. Henry Clayton Buhl, DMD, MS

Orthodontist

Dr. Henry Buhl practices Orthodontics in Chattanooga, TN. 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. Buhl may also use Invisalign or other aligner trays that have been designed to align a patients? smile. As an orthodontist, Dr. Buhl 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.
Dr. Henry Clayton Buhl, DMD, MS
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Accepting new patients

What will my dental follow up be like after getting my braces removed?

I can't speak for everyone who practices Orthodontics but I always had my door open for first 3 years after braces came off to do free retainer checks.

How long do I need to wear my retainer for?

The best advice I can give you as an orthodontist is you always keep your retainer handy because you'll know when you put it in if anything has moved. Do you uncomfortable tight READ MORE
The best advice I can give you as an orthodontist is you always keep your retainer handy because you'll know when you put it in if anything has moved. Do you uncomfortable tight feeling that you feel become very obvious that something has moved and you've left the retainer out too long.

Do your teeth hurt after you get the braces off?

Hurt, no. However you will feel an uncomfortable sponginess of all your teeth that have been harnessed under the pressure of the braces and this is what your retainers for is to READ MORE
Hurt, no. However you will feel an uncomfortable sponginess of all your teeth that have been harnessed under the pressure of the braces and this is what your retainers for is to remind your teeth where your orthodontist put them which is in the best position for function and Aesthetics for your mouth.

Invisalign, dental bonding, and gum grafts?

Let's solve your problems in a logical order. The person who does the gingival graft is not going to be happy if you put Invisalign liners over-the-top his good work so give that READ MORE
Let's solve your problems in a logical order. The person who does the gingival graft is not going to be happy if you put Invisalign liners over-the-top his good work so give that some time to heal. He or she will tell you the appropriate interval and release you so that you can go to the orthodontist and get your Invisalign. Any bonding should be postponed until the pressures on your teeth or lessened so as to protect any new bonding.

How long do you need to wear braces?

Most orthodontic cases on adults take two to three years minimal. This is because of the age of the bone structure and many compromising factors that affect the overall quality READ MORE
Most orthodontic cases on adults take two to three years minimal. This is because of the age of the bone structure and many compromising factors that affect the overall quality of the movement itself. Some cases take longer which are more complicated and may even require surgical procedures.

What can I do to help my child understand why they need braces?

You need to relax and let your daughter enjoy her dilemma. Self-awareness and peer pressure is enough for any team to put up with besides the notion that if she doesn't want braces READ MORE
You need to relax and let your daughter enjoy her dilemma. Self-awareness and peer pressure is enough for any team to put up with besides the notion that if she doesn't want braces and you force her into the idea she'll be a terrible patient and you only wasted your money and possibly done damage to her teeth but her intransigence. Let her be the one who begs you for the braces. It will happen. It always does with girls.

Should my child be wearing their headgear every night?

Every minute the headgear is not being worn according to the instructions of the orthodontist the teeth are actually Shifting the wrong direction. This is not an option for a child READ MORE
Every minute the headgear is not being worn according to the instructions of the orthodontist the teeth are actually Shifting the wrong direction. This is not an option for a child to make a decision about this is totally in the best interest of the overall quality of the result in the least amount of Time & Expense. Protracted cases usually result in increased fees and lessened results. Remember the window of opportunity to redirect growth in an adolescent child is not forever it's only a brief amount of time consistent within the parameters of what your orthodontist is expecting to be a completed case. He can't go home with you you know. I know what worked with my patients who had to wear headgear and that was threatening them with closing it permanently so they couldn't take it off during school hours and it was a 24/7 alternative. Then a little light goes on and they begin to see the proper path.

What are the rubber bands on braces for?

The rubber bands are very important to fine tuning the micro adjustments that the teeth need to function properly once they're in their new position. Further, they have the ability READ MORE
The rubber bands are very important to fine tuning the micro adjustments that the teeth need to function properly once they're in their new position. Further, they have the ability to actually speed up the case in situations where patients are excellent in cooperation. If you happen to be paying by month, this is a real savings.

How often should my daughter get her braces tightened?

Your orthodontist will set the interval of treatment most likely it will be within four to six weeks each visit. It is important to keep the visits as this will speed up segments READ MORE
Your orthodontist will set the interval of treatment most likely it will be within four to six weeks each visit. It is important to keep the visits as this will speed up segments of the case and allow for the most predictable result. Missing appointments only prolongs the length of time towards the finished result.

Can I have orthodontic advice for class 3 malocclusion?

You got an interesting dilemma and I applaud you on your diligence and understanding the intricacies of a class 3 malocclusion in a female of adolescent age. Not only is this is READ MORE
You got an interesting dilemma and I applaud you on your diligence and understanding the intricacies of a class 3 malocclusion in a female of adolescent age. Not only is this is a most difficult period In her life but it's also the most difficult orthodontic problem to treat. Favorable outcomes are diminished by growth an inherited skeletal height from parents, not to mention cooperation by the patient. The final blow is is the case never looks great until it's done. I've seen many of these cases work out poorly and require surgery even after having worn the braces for 3 years and that's taking into allowance for the occasional misdiagnosed case as well as poor compliance by the patient. You are fortunate in that UCLA Dental School is in the neighborhood and I would put her up for screening if I were you and be treated right where the text books are written.

How do I whiten my teeth once my braces come off?

This is not going to sound right, but I think you will see after about two months of brushing your teeth with a normal fluoride toothpaste maybe with extra whitening you'll find READ MORE
This is not going to sound right, but I think you will see after about two months of brushing your teeth with a normal fluoride toothpaste maybe with extra whitening you'll find that the colors will be blended more harmoniously. Then you can add whitening if you desire with any kit over-the-counter at the drugstore, which is usually 2% peroxide.

What are transparent braces?

Clear braces or transparent appliances as well as tooth colored appliances and tooth colored wires are definitely an option to help patients except the aesthetic awareness of wearing READ MORE
Clear braces or transparent appliances as well as tooth colored appliances and tooth colored wires are definitely an option to help patients except the aesthetic awareness of wearing braces. They also cost more. Tell patients that we're going to arrive in the same amount of time but they can paint the car any color they want to.

Do I have to floss my dentures?

Try to find a used Waterpik online and mix mounts rents in do the reservoir about tablespoon to the container and that should do it right okay