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With braces, do your teeth have to get worse before they get better?

9 doctors weighed in
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

It depends on what you mean by "worse.
" when orthodontically moving teeth, you will feel discomfort and soreness. And you do have to be more diligent in cleaning your teeth due to the brackets. However once treatment is done, most likely you'll have a nice smile.

In brief: Maybe

It depends on what you mean by "worse.
" when orthodontically moving teeth, you will feel discomfort and soreness. And you do have to be more diligent in cleaning your teeth due to the brackets. However once treatment is done, most likely you'll have a nice smile.
Dr. Winston Muditajaya
Dr. Winston Muditajaya
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Braces

Not necessarily but it does happen often.
In some instances they will. It really depends what you need done. So to sum it up. Not always but often times yes.

In brief: Braces

Not necessarily but it does happen often.
In some instances they will. It really depends what you need done. So to sum it up. Not always but often times yes.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Define "worse"

Sometimes at the beginning of ortho rx crooked teeth may start to look protrusive, but this is just a part of the trip the teeth have to take to be optimally aligned.
Sometimes comfortable teeth will feel sore or feel like they are not meeting properly as they align. Again, a temporary stop along the highway to excellence. If you are concerned, ask your orthodontist.

In brief: Define "worse"

Sometimes at the beginning of ortho rx crooked teeth may start to look protrusive, but this is just a part of the trip the teeth have to take to be optimally aligned.
Sometimes comfortable teeth will feel sore or feel like they are not meeting properly as they align. Again, a temporary stop along the highway to excellence. If you are concerned, ask your orthodontist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry

In brief: Sometimes

In some orthodontic cases, especially if your teeth are severely crowded, they have to be moved apart to make room to straighten them. Sometimes, this can appear less attractive, especially if you've become used to crowded teeth.
In the end, however, everything will line up and you'll have a nice smile and a good bite. In either case, your teeth don't get worse; just your smile temporarily.

In brief: Sometimes

In some orthodontic cases, especially if your teeth are severely crowded, they have to be moved apart to make room to straighten them. Sometimes, this can appear less attractive, especially if you've become used to crowded teeth.
In the end, however, everything will line up and you'll have a nice smile and a good bite. In either case, your teeth don't get worse; just your smile temporarily.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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1 comment
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Certain things are under your control during treatment: paying extra attention to what you eat and how well you clean helps your gums and helps you avoid cavities and unattractive white spots on your teeth later. All in all, the process is well worth the effort!
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