Braces for the Bottom Teeth
By Kellyn Hodges on October 30, 2013
When deciding on whether or not to get braces, some Philadelphia patients may find that braces are only needed on their bottom teeth. If your bottom teeth are not as straight as you would like them to be, speak to your dentist or orthodontist about getting braces put on the bottom teeth. This way, you may be able to spare yourself the hassle of having a full mouth of braces. There are important things to consider and some questions to ask if you are thinking about getting braces on just your bottom teeth.
Considerations for Braces for the Bottom Teeth
When considering getting braces on your bottom teeth only, speaking to your dentist as to why you only want them on the bottom will help determine if this is the best choice. If your dentist agrees that you only need braces on your bottom teeth, then you are in luck. The end result will still be visibly straight teeth, yet you won't have a mouth full of braces. Additionally, you could opt to get invisible braces for your bottom teeth. Invisible braces work like regular metal braces, and you won't have to feel insecure about having a “metal mouth.”
Benefits of Braces for the Bottom Teeth
Patients that only have to wear braces on the bottom teeth experience many benefits, including:
- Braces are much less noticeable
- Patients are still able to enjoy many of their favorite foods
- It is easier to clean the teeth when only the bottom teeth have braces
- Patients experience less discomfort after tightening appointments
- Patients experience less irritation of the gums, tongue, and other tissues of the mouth since fewer braces are applied
- Since braces are only placed on the bottom teeth, treatment may be expedited, as with tightening appointments at shorter intervals
Questions to Ask Your Dentist or Orthodontist about Braces
Be sure to choose a qualified dentist or orthodontist. You want to ensure that whomever you select is skilled and knowledgeable prior to treatment. The dentist or orthodontist should have a dental degree and experience with orthodontic treatment. Most doctors have their diploma on their wall so that their patients can see that they are qualified. If not, ask to see credentials to ensure you of their qualifications.
If you find that you are not particularly thrilled at the thought of having braces, ask the dentist what other options you may have. Patients may be suitable candidates for the Invisalign® clear aligner system or fast acting braces.
Some patients also inquire as to how long they have will have to wear braces on their teeth. Many adult patients wear braces for a year or less, or up to two years.
Speaking with your dentist regarding your options and weighing those options out beforehand is always recommended before having braces put on.
Learn More about Braces for the Bottom Teeth
Often times, it’s not necessary to have braces on both your top and bottom teeth. Ask your orthodontist if you are a good candidate for bottom braces only. Contact Dr. Kellyn Hodges today for a complimentary consultation, and be on your way to straighter teeth!