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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I talk to my orthodontist when I'm not happy with my braces?

    I had braces about a year ago an my retainer still fits. I just feel like my ortho didn't make my teeth the best the can be. I'm really not happy with the way they are. I have really bad OCD so it's had for me not to see things that aren't right. I have two teeth on the top that need pulled down more because they don't touch my bottom teeth. These two teeth are different teeth on each side. I just need a way to fix them, but I don't want to have to pay to get braces again when my parents just got done paying for my last ones.
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    Gentle and caring Dentist at Vale Dental Centre, Canning Vale.Invisalign Provider.Services include:Crowns and bridges.Surgical extarctions.Teeth Whitening.Smile makeover.Full and partial dentures.Ceramic fillings. View Profile

    Yes. You should talk to your orthodontist if you are not happy with the result. The orthodontist might be able to do some refinements and get you the result you want OR atleast let you know if there is a reason why this cannot be achieved. However, there is often a limit to how much a tooth can be moved which is based upon the position of the tongue, lips, gums, jaw bone and even adjacent and opposing teeth. No two individuals can have identical set of teeth. What is more relevant is whether this is the best result for your case for optimal longterm health.

    Every person has a different opinion of what a good smile should look like. It is important that patients communicate their expectations clearly and the dentist understands patients' needs. 

    There are many alternatives to braces like Invisalign, Cosmetic recontouring, Composite bonding, Porcelain veneers etc. And each of these have their own pros and cons which a dentist will be able to explain in detail and also give you an estimate of the costs involved.

    Good luck :)

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