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Old 06-28-2002, 03:08 AM   #1
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Cool healthy teeth but i want a BRACE?????

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i was wondering if you can still have a brace even if theres not much of a problem with your teeth? i have very healthy straight teeth...but my front 2 teeth stick of a little, basically they dont meet the teeth at the bottom...is that good enough to have braces?
also is it true that in order to have braces the dentist has to take out two of the back teeth?...do they have to do that? is there any other way of having braces without having to out two of the back teeth out??...or can they hook it around the teeth?
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Old 06-28-2002, 06:12 AM   #2
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There are numerous reasons to get braces. If you have teeth that do not match right with the bottom, you might have a bite issue that braces can correct. Getting braces doesn't mean you will have to have teeth pulled. In the past, orthodontists pulled pre-molars to make space for crowding. This is still done today, but much less often (especially for teens). Instead, if your jaw is still growing, an orthodontists can expand you jaw to correct crowding. In adults, where jaws have stopped growing, orthodintists can file the side of your teeth done slightly to correct crowding.

Often times an orthodontists will ask you to have your wisdom teeth removed. This is done b/c it easier to place the appliances, wisdom teeth easily crowd your other teeth, etc.

I am sure there are exceptions to all the example I gave. Your best bet is to go visit a good orthodontist. Hope this helped!

 
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Old 06-28-2002, 07:21 AM   #3
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ok thanks for the help!
oh and does it have to be an orthodintist who does this or can you local dentist do this?? thank you
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Old 06-29-2002, 08:26 AM   #4
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I would go to an orthodontist. A general dentist can do orthodontics, however he has learned by going to seminars on the weekend. An orthodontist was a general dentist and went back to school for an additional two years to specialize in orthodontics. Would you have a general physician perform surgury or would you go to a surgion. Also many orthodontist offer free or low cost consultations.

 
Old 06-29-2002, 08:41 AM   #5
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I answered this once but I dont think it took. So go see an orthodontist. A general dr. can do orthodontics, however he has learded by going to weekend seminars. A real orthodontist was a general dr. who went back to school for two years to specialise in orthodontics.

 
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