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how bad do your teeth have to be to get braces?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
Braces: Some persons wanted a perfect smile with perfect alignment of teeth.Orthodontist ocasionally pull out some teeth that are crowded to make it fit.You can see the transformation after wearing braces.
Answered on Mar 23, 2012
Dr. Heidi Nelson
42 years experience Dentistry
Depends.: Depends what you mean by "bad." you may think they look ok enough. The dentist also looks at how your teeth and jaws actually function - how much wear, whether teeth positions prevent good cleaning, even whether teeth positions and jaw size and shape are interfering with good breathing, swallowing and sleeping. There's a lot more to it than just crowding. Treatment now may prevent problems later.
Answered on Nov 23, 2014
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Dr. S. jay Bowman
35 years experience Orthodontics
Bad is "relative": Not bad at all. If you have some simple esthetic concerns with your teeth or smile, braces can improve upon them - - - and that would be of benefit to you. That is the key qualifier.
Answered on Jun 11, 2013
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Dr. Sami Latif
Dr. Sami Latif commented
36 years experience Dentistry
Are you happy with the way your teeth look and how bad is your bite If you have concern about either one then , braces is the solution
Apr 1, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Varies: If teeth don't look right, they don't function right either. If either you or your family dentist have even the slightest concern, go see a qualified orthodontic specialist for an opinion. May as well make your personal decision based on fact.
Answered on Jun 14, 2015

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