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A 18-year-old female asked:

Do i need braces?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology 27 years experience
Need more info: Depends on many many factors.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
And the best person to provide that answer is a fully qualified University trained Orthodontist.
Aug 5, 2016
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Who knows: A bad bite or malocclusion may be corrected with any number of techniques, devices, or appliances. Start with an appointment with an orthodontic specialist to get an opinion about what options are best in your situation.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Perhaps: If you have teeth or jaws that are misaligned, orthodontic treatment (and braces are one of the "medicines" that orthodontists use) may be helpful. If your teeth and jaws function better they will last longer and be easier to maintain. Why don't your see an orthodontic specialist for an initial exam. At that time you will be presented with the options that would work best for you.
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Ask an orthodontist: An orthodontic specialist is in the best position to answer this question. Most orthodontists offer complimentary examinations so that they can answer your questions specifically as they relate to your condition. It might be beneficial to you if you sought such an opinion.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Good reason if...: You should see an orthodontist any time you have a question about the alignment of your teeth, or the quality of your bite. Mouth breathing, clenching or grinding your teeth, and the inability to comfortably close your lips may be signs that you need braces.

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How to determine if i need braces?

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Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Orthodontist: By discussing with an orthodontist you can see what they could do and if it is something you would find valuable to your health and/or your appearance.
A 37-year-old member asked:

If I have a overbite do I need braces ?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Perhaps: A horizontal overbite greater than 2mm or a vertical overbite deeper than 50% are indications that there are other problems. See an orthodontic specialist for an initial examination (often complimentary) to answer the question.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Provided original answer
Please note that if your front teeth do not meet and function properly, it can result in untoward wear of back teeth and possibly joint dysfunction.
Sep 11, 2014
A 33-year-old member asked:

How do I tell if I need braces or no?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
See your provider: Dentist and orthodontist are trained to be able to tell you if you need them. Some people need them and other would benefit from them. If your teeth are crowded, overlapping and mis-aligned you need them if they are slightly turned or a little spaced you may benefit.
A 25-year-old female asked:

Do i need braces if I have tmj?

6 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 41 years experience
Perhaps: Managing TMJ issues is a two phase process. Step one is relieve your pain. Sometimes with medications, acupuncture biofeedback. Or a dental mouth appliance. A bad bite is often part of the problem. The appliance allows the lower jaw to find a comfortable position where the muscles are relaxed. Orthodontics or reconstruction may be part of your plan once you feel better. Find a trained dentist.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Find a trained dentist: they are called ORTHODONTISTS. It has been shown time and time again in refereed journals that orthodontia is neither the cause or the remedy to TMD. I actually wrote my thesis on this issue; not a great piece of literature but it did tie into what I know or still believe, braces or most malocclusions do not cause TMD and certainly do not correct joint problems. Can splint therapy relieve joint symptoms? Certainly. Much like a clutch causes the gears of a car to uncouple. It does not however prove that malocclusions are the leading cause of joint problems.
Jun 2, 2013
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 41 years experience
Provided original answer
I agree with much of what you say. However, orthodontists are not the only doctors who are qualified to treat TMJ disorders. Many dentists, orthodontists included, refer TMD sufferers to those who focus on this problems. While we can debate cause and effect, it is important to relieve symptoms first, regardless of cause. It makes sense to move teeth or reconstruct to a proven comfortable position rather than to an arbitrary one in which symptoms may return. And I care not which qualified doctor moves the teeth.
Jun 2, 2013
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