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Do Braces Have to Be Put on All of My Teeth?

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One of the reasons that people inquire about orthodontic treatment is that they have a few teeth in the front of their mouth, which appear crooked or crowded. The rest of their teeth seem to be fine, but they want to improve the way their smile looks. This begs the question that Alpharetta orthodontists and dentists hear on a regular basis, “do I really need to have braces put on all of my teeth?”

The majority of the time, orthodontic patients will need to have the braces placed on all of their teeth. There are a few reasons for this: 

Braces use all of the teeth to reposition the ones that need to be moved. When you have brackets or wires placed on a few front teeth, they need something to work against in order to move the teeth into their new position. Without some type of anchor, the misaligned teeth cannot be moved. 

There may be misalignments not visible to the patient. Braces not only make your teeth look straighter in the front of your mouth, they also correct misalignments in your bite throughout all of your mouth. The way your teeth bite together can cause premature wear, TMJ disorder or make you prone to develop gum disease if the back teeth are not aligned appropriately.

Treatment is more comprehensive when the entire mouth is addressed. Even the slightest movement in teeth can affect the rest of the mouth. Your orthodontic treatment is designed to address your entire bite, not just a small portion of it. By only altering a small area, the rest of the mouth will be affected. Full orthodontics prevents problems later on.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck


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