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How to Fix Overlapped Teeth Quiz
by Staff
A smile is an expression of happiness, but it's hard to share your joy with the world when you're concerned about the appearance of your choppers. Fortunately, there are fixes for overlapped teeth. Can you identify the causes of overlapped teeth and the best ways to restore your smile?

Which of the following is NOT a cause of overlapped teeth?

  • Genetics
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Excessive frowning

Are overlapped teeth only a cosmetic issue?

  • No, they can also impair speech and encourage bacterial growth.
  • Yes, but cosmetic issues can affect self-esteem.
  • Yes, people who want to fix overlapped teeth tend to be vain.

You can rest assured your insurance will cover the cost of fixing overlapped teeth.

  • Yes, because it's an important health issue, all insurance providers cover the procedures.
  • Coverage runs the gamut.
  • No, insurance providers don't like to cover vain people.

There are really only a couple of options for fixing overlapped teeth.

  • True. You either get braces or you live with it.
  • False. There are numerous options to choose from.

What type of braces are virtually invisible?

  • Invisalign
  • Crystaline
  • Invisioning

Where do braces attach to the teeth?

  • Just the front
  • They can attach to the front or back
  • Just the back

Lingual braces are not only hidden on the back side of teeth, they're also pain-free.

  • True. Most patients don't even realize they're there.
  • False. They can be quite uncomfortable for some patients.

If your dentist chooses to re-sculpt your overlapping teeth, he or she'll likely use one of these two tools.

  • A hammer or chisel.
  • A wrench or a belt sander.
  • A laser or drill.

Once you have braces, you won't be able to remove them until they've done their job.

  • True. But it'll be worth the wait.
  • False. Some braces can be removed before cleaning or eating.

What is like a perfectly shaped case for a tooth?

  • The Tooth Fairy's purse
  • Dentures
  • Veneers

One of the downsides of having your teeth sculpted is:

  • They can be weakened
  • Your dentist could inadvertently stab you
  • You could swallow lots of enamel chips

Veneers are the poor man's fix for overlapped teeth

  • True. They usually cost about $10 a tooth.
  • False. They can be costly.

This is an added benefit of veneers.

  • They can brighten your smile because you can select the veneer's shade.
  • They are known to prevent halitosis in most patients.
  • They can pick up ham radio signals.

There is no connection between pacifiers and overlapped teeth.

  • True. This is an old wive's tale.
  • False. A child who uses a pacifier for too long can have overlapped teeth.

Teeth become misaligned at what age?

  • 0 to 5 years old
  • 13 to 20 years old
  • Any age

Can overlapped teeth affect your speech?

  • No. Only the absence of teeth affects speech.
  • Yes. In some cases, speech can improve when teeth are aligned.
  • No. Speech impediments have nothing to do with teeth.

How does your dentist make a veneer?

  • He first sculpts the existing tooth, then makes a mold.
  • He examines your teeth then orders a small, medium or large veneer.
  • He sketches the ideal tooth on a notepad while watching Julia Roberts movies.

What kind of paste is used during sculpting and bonding?

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Enamel paste
  • A hardening paste

Braces no longer need to be worn for more than three months.

  • True. Thanks to improvements in the field, braces always do their job within a matter of weeks.
  • False. Braces may need to be worn for up to two years.

Braces connected to the front of teeth only come in silver.

  • True. Silver is stronger and works more effectively than the now-discontinued options of gray, dark gray and rocky road.
  • False. Some braces like those used with the "Six Month Smile" come in shades to match your teeth.