Dr. Matthew Cline is an Orthodontist practicing in Richmond, VA. Dr. Cline specializes in diagnosing and treating malocclusions and conditions affecting the alignment of teeth and jaws. Orthodontists are trained Specialists in the practice of aligning teeth and jaws using orthodontic procedures and appliances such as braces, clear aligners such as Invisalign, and other appliances.
St. Barnabas Orthodontic Residency 2013
University of Maryland DDS 2005
University of Virginia Residency in General Dentistry 2007
University of Richmond Bachelor of Science 2001
This is normal and should subside over time as your mouth adjusts to the brackets. Your orthodontist should have provided you with wax to place on the bracket to protect the inside of your mouth. READ MORE
Treatment time is highly variable. It depends on your specific case. Treatment time is also dependent on your compliance with appointments and additional appliances like wearing rubber bands. It is important to know that while many people only want to fix the top or bottom teeth, your teeth need to fit together so sometime both top and bottom braces are necessary to maintain a healthy bite. You wouldn't want to straighten the bottom, but have them hit the top teeth thus risking chipping. Your orthodontist will be able to tell you the best course of action and approximate treatment time. READ MORE
Extractions are very common in orthodontic treatment. That said, you've mentioned your dentist has recommended extractions. Only an orthodontist is formally trained qualified to diagnose and treat misaligned teeth and jaws. I recommend everyone consult with an orthodontist when considering orthodontic treatment. An orthodontist will know if extractions are necessary for a perfect result. Many people like to get second opinions as some orthodontists can achieve the same results with a different course of treatment. I hope this has been helpful. READ MORE
The first step is to check your dental insurance and see if you have orthodontic benefits. If so, be sure to go with an in-network orthodontist. Either way, a consultation with an orthodontist should answer all of your questions. Consultations are typically free of charge. READ MORE
It is very common for adult teeth to come in out of alignment. Unfortunately, they are unlikely to move into alignment on their own without orthodontic treatment. I recommend you get a consultation with an orthodontist, which should be free of charge. Many dental insurance policies cover orthodontic treatment, so be sure to check your policy and work with an in-network provider. READ MORE
Absolutely, you should take him to an orthodontist for a consultation. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children have an orthodontic screening at age 7. Mosts orthodontists offer free consultations, and you do not need a referral from a dentist. In fact, general dentists do not have formal training in orthodontics and many do not have the correct X-ray technology to correctly determine the proper timing for orthodontic treatment. READ MORE
Every case is different, but typically people need both top and bottom teeth addressed so that the bite aligns properly. Just straightening the top, or just straightening the bottom, could result in a misaligned bite which can cause issues such as jaw pain, tooth chipping and possibly aesthetic concerns. READ MORE
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