Only your bottom teeth look crooked, so do you really need braces for your entire mouth? Orthodontic treatment isn't just about aesthetics or making your teeth look straight. You may only need braces on your top or bottom teeth, but only an orthodontist will be best able to determine that.

When deciding on how to treat a patient's misalignment, most orthodontists take the following into consideration:

  • How the top and bottom teeth currently meet with each other.
  • How well you can chew different types of food. 
  • Whether you have a tongue thrust or swallowing problem.
  • Whether you will need any additional appliances in your treatment, such as a palatal expander or headgear.
  • Whether you will need extraction, implants, jaw surgery or any combination of the three to assist in your orthodontic treatment. 

As teeth are moved to their proper places during orthodontic treatment, this will change how the top and bottom teeth fit together. Teeth that are seemingly straight can still have alignment issues if the upper and lower jaw do not fit together. This can cause difficulty in chewing and be detrimental to a person's overall oral health.

It's understandable that some adults would like as little orthodontic treatment as possible. If you are very much against having braces on your top teeth, you may want to ask your orthodontists about less visible options like clear braces or Invisalign

If you're interested in learning more about how you can improve your smile, don't hesitate to contact a New York City orthodontist today!

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