Dr. Jane Jordan practices Orthodontics in Phoenix, AZ. 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. Jordan may also use Invisalign or other aligner trays that have been designed to align a patients? smile. As an orthodontist, Dr. Jordan 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.
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The term "invisible braces" alludes to braces that are less noticeable because they are made of a clear material. Usually, they are made of a ceramic or glass, but they can also be made of plastic. They typically are not priced any differently than a metal bracket or are only minimally more costly. READ MORE
Yes, sometimes whitening teeth can lead to this sensation. The question I have is, is the sensation coming from your gums or from the teeth themselves? If it is the gum tissue, you should take care to avoid any contact of the strips to the gums to avoid this direct contact of the whitening agent, which can indeed irritate and burn the tissue. If you are not sure whether it is your teeth or your gums, or if you think it is your teeth, I do not recommend that you continue to use them without first consulting your dentist to ensure that you are safe in applying the strips. READ MORE
Sometimes pictures are a tremendous help. You can find many examples on the internet. Do you think it might be helpful to show her before and after pictures of people who have had orthodontic treatment? There may be a reasonable solution for her with a treatment she might agree with, for example treatment with Invisalign. If you think that you can at least get her to see an Orthodontist for an evaluation, that Orthodontist can evaluate and assist you both in making sense of it all. Let the Orthodontist know about her concerns and encourage her not to be afraid to speak with them. I'm sure you know your daughter best. If you have the ability to select from a pool of doctors, try picking one that you think your daughter would like the most. Maybe call ahead and speak with the office or visit the office to see if you think your daughter would be comfortable there or not. If none of these options work, it may be a matter of waiting for her to mature a bit. We see many adults who willing seek out treatment that they may have avoided as a child. Best wishes for your success with your daughter. :) READ MORE
Invisalign has made great advances in their product and can often be a viable option to treat an overbite. It may not be the best for your situation though. An orthodontist is trained to help you determine the best course of action in attaining the smile you want and in achieving a healthy result. I recommend that you speak again with your orthodontist and discuss your concerns. You can then question them if Invisalign might work for you or if there might be a different solution. READ MORE
Options to straighten teeth can include Invisalign, clear or regular braces, or various removable appliances. I have found that each individual has their own unique circumstances and lifestyle which can help determine which choice is best for them. There may be several options that are perfect for you. READ MORE
Yes, often an overbite does need some kind of orthodontic treatment to correct it. She is at the perfect age to have an orthodontic evaluation. I strongly recommend that you contact an orthodontist in your area for a complementary evaluation. READ MORE
Your best solution should first be to consult with your general dentist. They should be able to advise you as to what can be done. READ MORE
You may be a candidate for Invisalign. To find out, you can make an appointment with an orthodontist in your area for a complementary evaluation. READ MORE
It is very common to have both treatments at the same time. If your teeth are indeed contributing to your speech pathology it is probably best for you to move forward with the treatment to correct your teeth at this time and discuss the speech issue with your orthodontist while there. READ MORE
Is your concern mainly your jawline? Orthodontics can be of help with many patients however with out seeing you it is difficult for me to properly advise you. Some patients actually require a surgical treatment to correct a disproportionate jaw. A consult with an orthodontist should be able to address your concerns and assist you in finding a solution that is reasonable and essentially pain free. READ MORE
Everyone’s teeth, bone and alignment of teeth is different so the amount of time it takes for each person is not the same. That is a question that can be answered by an orthodontist once they have been able to evaluate your teeth and bite. READ MORE
I have recently got my braces fixed and they seem to be cutting into the skin of my mouth. What to do?
I doubt that you will have to have them redone but you should call your orthodontist right away and discuss this with them. They should be able to assist you with some instructions on what to do and may invite you to come back in so that they can take a look. In the meantime, if you can, please apply orthodontic wax to the braces that are bothering you and keep it in place to better protect your tissues. READ MORE
Not necessarily but it could lead to a worsening of the alignment of the teeth on either side. It would be best to have an orthodontist take a look at it and then advise you. If treatment is recommended, it may be something that can be fixed with just a retainer or a very limited Invisalign treatment. READ MORE
Seeing an orthodontist is the best way to know for sure and most orthodontists will evaluate a patient free of charge. Some of the signs you can look for to decide if there is a problem are: * The patient lost their baby teeth early or late * Difficulty chewing or biting * Mouth breather * Crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth * Jaws that shift or make sounds * Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth * Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all * Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face READ MORE
A visit with an orthodontist should clarify for you what is going on for you and if he needs help, the orthodontist should be able to advise you as to what can be done to fix it. Some times at this age there may be a simple exercise that the patient can do or it may be that having your dentist remove a baby tooth or teeth early might help. The orthodontist can recommend whats best once they have had an opportunity to evaluate you son. Most orthodontists will evaluate patients free of charge. READ MORE
Your daughter should be examined by an orthodontist as soon as possible. This type of bite needs intervention to be corrected. Depending on the underlying reason for this bite, there might be a treatment with braces that can correct it, but the sooner it is evaluated the less chance that it can lead to other problems. Sometimes, a correction of this type of bite might require a surgical correction as well. An orthodontist should be able to advise you once they have examined your daughter. READ MORE
Clenching can lead to cracks and breakdown of teeth and along with grinding can wear the enamel down. In addition, Clenching can lead to jaw problems which can then lead to a wearing of teeth. READ MORE
Yes definitely, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist examine a child's teeth by the time they are 7 years old, even while baby teeth are still in the mouth. An orthodontist can identify a developing problem and often times they might suggest working with the dentist to have them remove a baby tooth or teeth early in order to prevent a larger problem. Often, the orthodontist will just want to monitor the child’s growth and development, and then if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. READ MORE
It can take the teeth up to one year or more to stabilize after treatment. That is typically the amount of time necessary for the bone and surrounding structures to heal. Although everyone is different, we typically try to wean people off of wearing their retainers slowly. The main thing to keep in mind is that you should wear your retainers enough to keep your teeth in place and for your retainers to fit properly. Never throw them away as they are a tool to ensure that your teeth remain in position for a life time. For some people, after the first year out of braces, the positions of their teeth will never be stable enough for them to completely stop wearing their retainers, making it necessary to wear them several nights a week. For others it is just a matter of checking regularly that their retainers fit properly. READ MORE
My daughter is 4 years old and is used to sucking her thumb. Will it cause her teeth to grow outwards?
Research shows that thumb sucking after the age of four or five can change the shape of a persons jaws in a way that can lead to improper positioning of the teeth. If you are worried their sucking may be hurting her teeth don't hesitate to ask your dentist or visit an orthodontist who can evaluate your daughter. Most orthodontists are happy to offer a complimentary evaluation free of charge. Thumb sucking isn't always a concern but it is more likely to cause a problem if a child sucks vigorously, as opposed to passively resting the thumb in his or her mouth. Aggressive thumb sucking can even cause problems in baby teeth. If you're concerned about the effect of thumb sucking on your daughter's teeth, check with an orthodontist or the dentist. For some childern, a chat with a doctor about why it's important to stop thumb sucking is more effective than a talk with mom or dad and if all else fails the orthodontist might recommend a special mouth guard or other dental appliance that interferes with sucking. READ MORE
A dentist should be able to identify a problem but the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist examine a child's teeth by the time they are 7 years old, even while baby teeth are still in the mouth. It is an orthodontists specialty to evaluate patients for proper oral and tooth development and they can certainly help if a problem is detected. READ MORE
Do see an orthodontist in your area. Catching an issue early might be as simple as having a retainer made to resist any further movement or potentially to correct any minor crowding. Invisalign or removable clear tray type treatment may also be an option that would work really well for you. Unfortunately, if your teeth are shifting again, then more than likely they will continue to move over time, leading to a much more extensive situation. READ MORE
Research shows that thumb sucking after the age of four or five can change the shape of a persons jaws in a way that can lead to improper positioning of the teeth. If your child is under the age of four, thumb sucking doesn’t usually present a problem. If they are over age three and you are worried their sucking may be hurting their teeth don't hesitate to ask your dentist or visit an orthodontist who can evaluate your child's teeth. Most orthodontists are happy to offer a complimentary evaluation free of charge. READ MORE
Although some people do have their permanent teeth grow in crooked, it is something that you should have your local orthodontist take a look at. Typically, crooked back teeth will not improve on their own. A visit with an orthodontist should clarify for you what is going on for you and if he needs help, the orthodontist should be able to advise you as to what can be done to fix it. Most orthodontists will evaluate patients free of charge. READ MORE
Have you discussed this with your orthodontist? That should be your first step. Your doctor should be able to evaluate you and address your concerns. READ MORE
Zirconia braces are a type of braces that are meant to be less noticeable than metal braces. They are a type of ceramic braces that offer a more cosmetic approach to treatment without significant functional compromises. They are durable, cosmetic, and the risk of discoloration is minimal. Zirconia is a mineral extracted from beach sands of Australia. The partially stabilized Zirconium developed from this sand is known to be a highly stress-resistant material. Similar to other ceramic braces, Zirconia brackets have good fracture toughness, which means, they will not break easily. Polycrystalline Zirconia brackets are known to be a little more opaque than other ceramic brackets though and can exhibit some intrinsic colors. READ MORE
I am sorry to learn of your worry. Please know that if you are feeling unsure about this next step, you should not be afraid to discuss this thoroughly with your dentist. This is understandably a very big decision and you should not proceed until you are confident that this is indeed the right choice for you and that you have had an opportunity to ask any and all questions you might have. In addition, you may want to seek a second opinion. Please know that extraction of teeth in conjunction with braces is a procedure that is occasionally necessary to provide the best and most healthy outcome for an individual. I hope that you find this answer helpful and wish you all the best with your decision and with your treatment. READ MORE
It is really hard to answer your question without fully knowing what your occlusion is like, but in short, there are situations where it would be appropriate to have braces on the top teeth only. Your Orthodontist should be able to advise you best. READ MORE
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