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Invisalign Overjet Before And After

10 Invisalign Truths to Know Before You Try

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Why Is America Obsessed With Perfecting Its Teeth?

Why Is America Obsessed With Perfecting Its Teeth? But never before has mankind's obsession with the smile been so easily actionable. Cosmetic dentistry now represents the largest nonsurgical beauty industry after makeup. This includes the multibillion-dollar teeth-whitening business, which began in

The Lingual Choice

After the dental midlines coincided, a maxillary 0.0175 x 0.0175-inch TMA was placed for intraoral detailing. The patient was retained with maxillary and mandibular Ortho-Flextech (Reliance Inc) stainless steel thread extending

Orthodontic procedures to correct irregularities...

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The 8-Year-Old With a Perfect Smile

The 8-Year-Old With a Perfect Smile For one of the most common conditions—a Class II Malocclusion, commonly known as an overbite, "overjet" or buck teeth—studies indicate there aren't measurable benefits to early treatment. Starting But after a second phase of fixed-appliance

Braces For Young Kids Might Not Always Be Best

If you walk the halls of an elementary school, you're likely to see a lot of "metal mouths." Many parents are now opting for early orthodontic treatment, and the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist for an evaluation no later than age 7. But research shows there are often advantages to deferring treatment, though decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

"There's been a number of studies that have shown for some very common problems that you're better off waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in first before treatment is started," says Robert Williams, a board certified orthodontist who teaches at the University of Maryland.

Common problems that fall into the "better-to-defer" category include conditions such as overjets -- that's when teeth protrude or stick out -- or crooked teeth that just need simple straightening.

"Many years ago, you wouldn't do anything until the permanent teeth were all in," says Antonino Secchi, a professor of orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. Now he says if parents opt to treat an overjet early -- say at age 9 -- the child may end up needing another phase of intervention a few years down the road.