I was online looking for some imformation on do it yourself teeth whitening because a bunch of girls at school are doing it when I came across your blog. I learned a lot! I wonder if you can help me figure out something else? I have baby teeth still in my mouth and then adult teeth came in behind them. Those parts of my teeth look freaky. I had tried to pull one out myself, but it hurt like mad. Is there any way to fix this?
First, let me say I’m impressed that you are taking initiative to look these things up. I am curious as to whether or not your parents have been bringing you to a pediatric dentist. I realize that is hard for some families, especially in today’s economy. If you have been under the care of a dentist, you really need to switch dentists because he or she has caused very preventable problems for you.
The short answer is, yes, this can be fixed. Though, how that is accomplished depends on the specifics of the case. I don’t know which teeth specifically you are talking about. If you want to write again giving more details I can help with that. In the meantime, I’ll provide some general advice.
If all of your teeth are in, then it will be a matter of having those baby teeth extracted. After that, you will probably probably need some orthodontics. There are traditional braces that can help straighten those teeth, but there is also Invisalign which will allow you to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing you are wearing braces.
If you are missing some adult teeth, then the orthodontics will have to be planned in a way that makes space for a tooth replacement. There are many options for replacing teeth. I’d recommend you use a temporary replacement until your jaw is finished growing and developing and then you could get something more permanent, such as dental implants.
The key for you at this point is to get with a dentist who can help you.
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