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A 22-year-old female asked:

Can anyone get braces?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Ermananswered
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: There are a few cases of gum disease that could prevent getting braces, as well as some allergies to certain componennts, but basically anyone with teeth that need correction could get braces.
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Dr. David Schleimer
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If you have been treated for a bone density problem with certain IV (intra-venous) medications, speak with you doctor first, there are rare reports of patients who develop almost untreatable osteomyelitis (bone infection) after certain dental procedures (orthodontics included). Oral medications do not seem to be similarly implicated, but better to check first.
Jan 19, 2013
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 16 years experience
Braces: There can be some limitations to who can get braces but most people who want a better smile. The limitations are based on health of the gums and bone as well as some types of medications.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
A qualified yes: The only limitation to braces applied by a qualified orthodontic specialist is health. In the absence of limiting systemic disease, as long as the teeth and supporting bone and gums are healthy, an orthodontist may utilize braces and/or other treatment modalities to correct tooth and jaw relationships, making the mouth healthier.
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Dr. David Schleimer
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39 years experience
Yes (few exceptions): Almost anyone can be treated orthodontically. There are some specific medical and dental pathologies that would make it unwise, and some psycho-social reasons that make it less acceptable. Having a healthy bite and great looking aligned teeth are a real blessing. Go ahead and enjoy a new smile!
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Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Not quite everyone: Most everyone is a potentially acceptable candidate for orthodontic treatment where they can receive significant health and aesthetic benefits. However, in certain conditions of dental or systemic disease, or where a patient has undergone certain medications, orthodontics may not be indicated. An orthodontist is in the best position to evaluate your condition and determine your candidacy.
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