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orthodontic work

Post by Esther » Wed May 11, 2016 7:34 pm

We're looking at getting some work done for DD1, but are feeling a bit pushed into things by the orthodontists, who seem to have a bit of a stranglehold on the market here. Still worth trying to get a second opinion? There's no over crowding, just some teeth at the front that apparently will never stop growing unless treated. I wish I had the sparkly working crystal balls some of these HPs have. I appreciate there are people who really need orthodontic work, but I can't help feeling they're just drumming up business. How do I go about finding out? If we can find another orthodontist we'll be getting a 2nd opinion too!

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Re: orthodontic work

Post by Mummy woo! » Wed May 11, 2016 7:59 pm

Mrs Moops has teeth so crowded some of her bottom teeth are completely behind each other! We have started saving now (she'd six). I'm worried about her being able to keep them clean long enough to be worth straightening because they are hard to clean but she is doing OK so far.

I asked our dentist and she said we should expect to be doing orthodontic work when she is around 18! So quite the opposite of what you are hearing. The fits with my experience - I had braces that came off when I was 16 and my teeth shifted a bit after that. I prefer them a little crooked because it looks more natural but it isn't the smile my parents paid for.

Why on earth would her teeth keep growing forever - I thought that was only wombats and the like?

Definitely agree a second opinion is a good idea.
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Re: orthodontic work

Post by JennyD » Wed May 11, 2016 9:52 pm

I'd get a second opinion too. It just sounds odd. Do you have a dentist you trust, they would understand the concept of teeth that don't stop growing (if that is such a thing) and may be able to explain the concept to you better so that you do understand what is going on. DD had braces, but they were clearly needed and were applied when she was 15, she still wears a retainer at night to keep them from slipping around. A dentist can't do the work, but they do understand the principles. May be worth seeing a specialist paediatric dentist, who may be able to help, but I'd ask around my friends for recommendations on dentists etc who aren't into expensive treatments. Our orthodontist is so busy he really doesn't want new patients, so not drumming up business, same with the kids dentist.

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Re: orthodontic work

Post by Baby Blue Eyes » Wed May 11, 2016 9:54 pm

have you looked into different options that actually change the shape of the jaw instead of moving the teeth. I know it sounds much more drastic but it is done over a period of time using clear mouth guards which are regularly adjusted. The belief is that the teeth are not the problem rather the jaw
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Re: orthodontic work

Post by whitto04 » Thu May 12, 2016 6:19 pm

Baby Blue Eyes wrote:have you looked into different options that actually change the shape of the jaw instead of moving the teeth. I know it sounds much more drastic but it is done over a period of time using clear mouth guards which are regularly adjusted. The belief is that the teeth are not the problem rather the jaw
We are doing something similar to this, with our DD. It works on correcting tongue alignment and jaw position/movement, instead of just aligning the teeth. We started the process in our old location (at a dentist in your suburb, Mummy woo!). We saw a second dentist here, and the hygienist was most impressive- they actually support extended breastfeeding, even congratulating me for breastfeeding a 4 year old.
As a bonus, the treatment we are using works better on younger children. The teeth and palate are easier to coax into the correct position while the jaw is still growing. Emily turned 10 yesterday, she started her treatment on Tuesday.
As part of the treatment, the dentist advised us to tape DD's mouth shut. :shock: This encourages breathing through the nose, and getting the tongue in the right spot to apply pressure on the teeth. Also, saying 'dad' gets the tongue into the perfect spot. the kids spent 5 minutes calling 'dad! dad! dad!'
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