10 doctors weighed in:
Can you still get braces even though you have a few baby teeth left?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Braces
Yes. This happens when jaw growth needs to be modified.
Skeletal (bone) growth has a different timing then tooth development. So sometimes it's best to start early or even do stages of orthodontics to get the best result.

In brief: Braces
Yes. This happens when jaw growth needs to be modified.
Skeletal (bone) growth has a different timing then tooth development. So sometimes it's best to start early or even do stages of orthodontics to get the best result.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: DENTAL BRACES
Braces are used to straighten permanent teeth that are not in good alignment.
That means no more baby teeth left.

In brief: DENTAL BRACES
Braces are used to straighten permanent teeth that are not in good alignment.
That means no more baby teeth left.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Absolutely
Last baby teeth (3 yr molars) are larger than the permanent premolars that replace them. If all baby teeth are gone, 6 & 12 yr molars drift forward, and then there is less space on the sides into which crooked teeth can be moved.
If you're an adult with over-retained baby teeth, chances are underlying premolars are missing. In either case, see a qualified orthodontic specialist for guidance.

In brief: Absolutely
Last baby teeth (3 yr molars) are larger than the permanent premolars that replace them. If all baby teeth are gone, 6 & 12 yr molars drift forward, and then there is less space on the sides into which crooked teeth can be moved.
If you're an adult with over-retained baby teeth, chances are underlying premolars are missing. In either case, see a qualified orthodontic specialist for guidance.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Yes
There are occasions when a few baby teeth are actually left in place during orthodontics.
For example, if there is no permanent tooth successor to the baby tooth (often a 2nd baby molar). Seek an opinion with an orthodontic specialist as to what is best for your situation.

In brief: Yes
There are occasions when a few baby teeth are actually left in place during orthodontics.
For example, if there is no permanent tooth successor to the baby tooth (often a 2nd baby molar). Seek an opinion with an orthodontic specialist as to what is best for your situation.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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