Pictures of Dentistry and Dental Procedures

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by Dr. Jeffrey Dorfman, Director of The Center for Special Dentistry.

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anterior open bite teeth, dental occlusion, centric relation

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open bite treatment with braces Treatment of open bite with braces and cosmetic dentistry. The orthodontist worked closely with the cosmetic dentist in this case when moving teeth in order to maximize symmetry and tooth proportions. This photo was taken after the upper braces were just removed (after eight months). The lower braces may be removed one month later. This patient originally came to us seeking porcelain veneers (cosmetic dentistry) but was offered braces as a more logical (and fair) treatment option.
unilateral anterior open bite, midline deviation, dental asymetry teeth A unilateral anterior open bite with significant midline deviation and dental asymmetry. Notice the teeth bridge on #6 - 8. This case is just getting started with orthodontics dental braces.
anterior open bite orthognathic surgery oral orthodontics braces space closure This anterior open bite required orthognathic surgery - oral surgery - and orthodontics teeth braces. This patient was actually closed on his back teeth; this shows how much anterior open bite existed before treatment. Anterior open bite closure - before and after. Photo 1 of 2.
anterior open bite orthognathic surgery oral  orthodontics braces pictures closure These pictures show how anterior open bite treatment looks before orthognathic surgery - oral surgery. This patient was actually closed on his back teeth in the before pictures. Metal orthodontic teeth braces brackets are frequently needed for orthognathic surgery. Anterior open bite closure - before and after. Photo 2 of 2.
anterior open bite closure teeth braces orthodontics teeth sculpting reshaping The anterior open bite in this pretty female was closed in nine months with teeth braces orthodontics. Cosmetic dentistry involving teeth sculpting reshaping was also performed.
anterior open bite closure, teeth, dental, dentistry, front tooth spaces, porcelain veneers These photos show porcelain laminate veneer preparation of two upper front teeth for the closure of an anterior open bite. 1) "Before" photo with broken central incisors and an anterior open bite. The teeth were cleaned and whitened before laminate veneer preparation. 2) Facial depth cut for porcelain veneer on #9. 3) Initial preparation on #8 and #9. 4) Final preparation of #8 and #9. 5) Slightly reducing contact with sandpaper strip. 6) Retraction cord packed before impression. 7) Final porcelain laminates. 8) Porcelain veneers cemented.
Orthodontics, Habits, Tongue-Thrust, Open Bite, Tongue Crib, anterior open bite closure A tongue crib in place to stop a tongue-thrust habit in an adolescent male. Note the anterior open bite and the labial displacement of the upper central incisor #8. The tongue crib is custom made and cemented onto the upper first molars.


 Information about these dental photos

     In medicine and dentistry "left" and "right" are based upon the orientation of the patient's body and not how they appear in a photograph of a smile.  For example, a reference to the upper left teeth will actually appear to be on the right side when viewing a picture of the face and similarly an upper right tooth will appear to be on the left side.

     Many words in dentistry like oral and mouth have a similar meaning and are frequently used together to help our readers find specific words they best understand.  This is particularly important because a majority of our visitors are from countries where English is not their primary language.  Maxilla or maxillary refer to the upper jaw.  Mandible or mandibular refer to the lower jaw.

     There are many other similar word combinations used throughout this website because our pages are read by patients and dentists.  A few of the most common are discussed here.  Tooth decay, tooth cavity and dental caries all mean the same thing.  Tooth, teeth and dental are also frequently interchanged as in teeth veneers or dental veneer laminate.  Oral rehabilitation and dental reconstruction mean smile makeover.  The word for x-ray may be used with or without a hyphen (this is true for other words too) and can also be called a radiograph.