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Why do braces ruin my smile?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: The don't

Braces improve your smile.
They allow your teeth to be moved into the best functional and esthetic positions. Not cleaning your braces, or eating harmful foods, can cause damage next to or behind your braces (this is what we call "malpatient"). Keep your teeth immaculately clean, be careful what you eat, follow your orthodontic specialist's instructions, and you will be proud of your new smile.

In brief: The don't

Braces improve your smile.
They allow your teeth to be moved into the best functional and esthetic positions. Not cleaning your braces, or eating harmful foods, can cause damage next to or behind your braces (this is what we call "malpatient"). Keep your teeth immaculately clean, be careful what you eat, follow your orthodontic specialist's instructions, and you will be proud of your new smile.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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1 comment
Dr. Robert Passamano
I would agree with Dr. Malerman. Braces are meant to improve your smile! Braces or other orthodontic devices move your teeth into a more functional and esthetic position. I also agree that not cleaning your braces and your teeth can lead to teeth scarring and that could ruin your teeth, but not your smile
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unknown

Too many questions as to what is meant by "ruining" your smile - have you completed treatment and your smile is worse? Are you in treatment and the appearance of braces are disturbing to you? Are you in treatment and your smile is looking worse?

In brief: Unknown

Too many questions as to what is meant by "ruining" your smile - have you completed treatment and your smile is worse? Are you in treatment and the appearance of braces are disturbing to you? Are you in treatment and your smile is looking worse?
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: So, so rare

Orthodontics is meant to enhance your smile.
Of course esthetics is very subjective and you may have unrealistic expectations. Talk with your orthodontist about your fears. It is also true that at the beginning of treatment, for a short time gaps may appear between teeth and may be a cause for worry. Fear not, it is normal for some space to develop as the dental arch widens. The gaps will close.

In brief: So, so rare

Orthodontics is meant to enhance your smile.
Of course esthetics is very subjective and you may have unrealistic expectations. Talk with your orthodontist about your fears. It is also true that at the beginning of treatment, for a short time gaps may appear between teeth and may be a cause for worry. Fear not, it is normal for some space to develop as the dental arch widens. The gaps will close.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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