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  • #3443 Reply

    David
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  • #3453 Reply

    David

    Hi there

    Just a Q about dental braces … a friends daughter who is 10 has overlapping teeth in the middle at the top front — does she need braces to straighten these? If so how old should she be before having this done and how long do the braces need to stay on?

    • #3479 Reply

      Adam Tan
      Moderator

      Hi David,

      Braces would definitely help with the overlapped upper front incisors for your friend’s daughter. Typically, starting treatment for braces depends on the child’s orthopaedic alignment – a misalignment means early intervention = start now. No skeletal misalignments = start when all her adult teeth are in. Treatment time depends heavily several factors including the severity of crowding in her mouth. These days, treatment for braces at Georgian Dental® can take as little as 10 weeks because of new technology.

      warmest,
      Dr. Adam Tan DMD FAGD AIAOMT
      Dental Surgeon, Lecturer

    • #3486 Reply

      Adam Tan
      Moderator

      Hi David,

      Braces would definitely help with the overlapped upper front incisors for your friend’s daughter. Typically, starting treatment for braces depends on the child’s orthopaedic alignment – a misalignment means early intervention = start now. No skeletal misalignments = start when all her adult teeth are in. Treatment time depends heavily several factors including the severity of crowding in her mouth. These days, treatment for braces at Georgian Dental® can take as little as 10 weeks because of new technology.

      warmest,
      Dr. Adam Tan DMD FAGD AIAOMT
      Dental Surgeon, Lecturer

  • #3477 Reply

    Jane

    Thanks for this forum – great!

    My Q – I drink a lot of tea and coffee and my teeth get stained – I do not like to get cleaned all the time at the dentist seeing it’s uncomfortable – is there a good natural toothpaste I can use or something else to remove the stains each day – what about baking soda is that ok ?

    Thanks

    • #3481 Reply

      Adam Tan
      Moderator

      Hi Jane,

      heavy staining from highly pigmented foods can be a pain; especially if those foods are also a vice; and who doesn’t have those! Be careful with abrasives such as baking soda; use very gently at the level of the gum so you don’t wreck the protective gum covering from the underlying root of the tooth. Exposed roots tend to wear much faster than the crown which is protected by enamel. I treat a ton of patients who have inadvertently worn away their roots from well intentioned hard brushing to remove stain.
      One of the most incredible cases i saw was an elderly lady who only used a combination of peroxide and baking soda. moisten brush in peroxide and dip in baking soda then use to brush. She swore by it at 90 and she probably had the best looking teeth i’ve seen in a long time. Keep an eye out for a book i’m releasing soon “toxic toothpaste’ about some of the surprising and harmful chemcials in toothpaste.

      Warmest,
      Dr. Adam Tan DMD FAGD AIAOMT
      Dental Surgeon, Lecturer

  • #3478 Reply

    Bert Jones

    Here’s a quick Q please about braces for children: How old should they be before applying braces ?

    Thanks

    • #3480 Reply

      Adam Tan
      Moderator

      Hi Bert,

      Great question! kids start as early as 8 years old to line things up skeletally. Most kids start treatment when all their adult teeth are in; which is typically around 12 years old. There’s a ‘magic window of opportunity’ for braces treatment during which skeletal growth is at its peak – that’s different for boys and girls. Getting braces on right before the beginning of this growth spurt would often time be the best time.

      Warmest,
      Dr. Adam Tan DMD FAGD AIAOMT
      Dental Surgeon, Lecturer

  • #3482 Reply

    Stephen Smith Jones

    What Kind of Retainer After Braces is Better, Clear Plastic or Wire?

    I wore braces 12 years ago when I lived in Florida. The orthodontist gave me a retainer after the work she did that looks sort of like an invisalign tray. I simply loved this retainer and it worked great but I lost it! After I moved to LA I went to get a new retainer but new orthodontist gave me a wire one, and I noticed it didn’t keep my teeth that straight even though they insisted it was better.

    What is the best type of retainer please?

    • #3487 Reply

      Adam Tan
      Moderator

      Hi Stephen,

      Retainer choice is extremely important to not lose any of the results you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
      Typically, the orthodontist will determine the best retainer type for your case. at Georgian Dental®, I find what works best is to go consider the following factors – what were the teeth like before treatment, is there any significant remaining overbite, lifestyle. There are also differing types of clear retainers if those are what you prefer. wire retainers that are cemented in are the most reliable as you’ll never have to remember to wear them but tend to collect lots of plaque if not maintained. There is a type of clear retainer system from invisalign which i think is what you’re looking for – works to keep the results with the caveat that your teeth were scanned at the end of your orthodontic treatment. The retainers are manufactured to fit that scan. Whatever the case – get back into retainers quick; i can’t emphasize this enough, otherwise relapse will occur (in most cases)

      warmest,
      Dr. Adam Tan DMD FAGD AIAOMT
      Dental Surgeon, Author

  • #3483 Reply

    Brittany R

    Can I Get Braces on my Upper Teeth Only?

    My bottom teeth are okay – can I just get my top one braced?

  • #3484 Reply

    David

    I had a root canal done 15 years ago and I am concerned it was filled with mercury — is there a way to check without ‘digging it all up’ or did they never fill roots with mercury filling material >

  • #3485 Reply

    Carol Javier

    I am from the Philippines and I work locally. I need to get a broken tooth fixed and I am concerned about the cost. It’s one of my big molar teeth – it split – a friend says I probably need to get it crowned. What should I do?

  • #4013 Reply

    William Blalock

    Hi,
    Recently, I came to know about a new technology used in hi-tech hospitals. I read that, this technology has decreased the tension and work load of the doctors. The technology which is called a diode laser technology, seems to be much efficient and time consuming. The article says that, the epithelial tissue can be quickly scaled and re-sealed with the use of these machines. I technology is described here: http://www.parkerhilldental.com/our-technology/diode-laser/ . Can this technology be used in the local dental clinics too? Does anyone know it’s cost? If someone knows any information related to this, kindly share.
    Thanks in advance

  • #4017 Reply

    Darrell E. Bradford

    Hi,

    My father is highly addicted to alcohols and smoking. For the past 10 years, we all are being suffering. Don’t know how to get rid of this. We lost our peace of mind, our finances and we in the verge of loosing our home too. We as a family are moving through a period of stress and tensions. Can someone help us out this situation? Any method to decrease the addiction of our father? Kindly, suggest some recovery methods?

    I was searching for help in the social media as well as my friends. I strongly believe that, if we can’t find some solution real quick the situation will turn out to be disastrous. Also, the tension arouse when I read an article which describes the relationship between smoking and dental problems(http://www.discoverydental.com/blog/dental-health/relationship-smoking-dental-problems/). It seems that the studies have proved that, the smoking habit creates periodontal disease. Is it true by any means? Would like to get your comments on this as well.

    Hoping and praying that our father get well soon and we receive our life back.

    Thanks in advance

  • #4091 Reply

    Derese

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  • #4092 Reply

    Derese

    Dental braces used in orthodontics to align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also working to improve dental health. Anyone who is in need of a specialist for a dental braces may also consult here

  • #4571 Reply

    hubbardalicia

    Hey, I have heard about Invisalign braces and liked to know more about that. My front teeth have a huge gap between them and I was thinking about having braces to rectify them. But, I was worried about the metallic look that it would give to my mouth. This thought held me back from having metallic braces. But, now I think that it is high time to have something done. I am planning to visit a dental clinic Carleton place next week and liked to know more about Invisalign braces. Please give some genuine information.

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