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A 20-year-old female asked:

Do i need braces if my teeth are straight, but the problem is that i don't like how i have some gaps around my teeth? can i still get braces?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 16 years experience
May help: Braces may certainly help the gaps, or you could also consider Invisalign. Have a consultation with an orthodontist and find out what all your options and their costs are.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 38 years experience
Spaced teeth: There are several ways to treat spaces between teeth. Braces or Invisalign are one way. Sometimes bonding or veneers can be done. See a dentist or orthodontist for a cosmetic evaluation to discuss your concerns and find the best answer for you.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Evaluation: Ask an Orthodontic Specialist to take a look. Sometimes gaps are because teeth are out of place, and braces may be the solution. Sometimes one or more teeth are too small, and need to be restored., Sometimes a combination of Orthodontic and Restorative treatment provides the best solution.
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Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Braces are possible: Braces would be the ideal way to permanently close the spaces. If you wanted a quicker fix you might also consider porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns depending on the size of the spaces and condition of your teeth. See your dentist to give you options
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Dr Rottman is correct. Before you do anything, consult w both an Orthodontic Specialist and your Restorative Dentist. Sometimes best Rx (longest lasting, least costly in long run) is for Orthodontist to create best possible platform on which your Family Dentist can do his/her magic.
Aug 13, 2014
Last updated Oct 13, 2020

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