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If my teeth are not properly aligned, are there health reasons aside from wearing down my teeth for getting braces?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Kam
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Malocclusion
Poor aligment can lead to grinding (bruxism) and TMJ disorder which is very painful!

In brief: Malocclusion
Poor aligment can lead to grinding (bruxism) and TMJ disorder which is very painful!
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Many
When the teeth are crooked or misaligned, it is harder to keep them clean.
This often results in a greater chance of cavities and gum disease. To a lesser extent there is also a greater chance of muscle and joint pain.

In brief: Many
When the teeth are crooked or misaligned, it is harder to keep them clean.
This often results in a greater chance of cavities and gum disease. To a lesser extent there is also a greater chance of muscle and joint pain.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Absolutely
Worn teeth may require extensive and expensive restorations that have to be periodically redone.
Crooked teeth and bad bite can result in damage to the bone/gum tissue around the teeth and/or damage to the temporo-mandibular (jaw) joint, requiring extensive and expensive treatment. If they don't look right they are not working right. Please see an orthodontist for individualized assessment.

In brief: Absolutely
Worn teeth may require extensive and expensive restorations that have to be periodically redone.
Crooked teeth and bad bite can result in damage to the bone/gum tissue around the teeth and/or damage to the temporo-mandibular (jaw) joint, requiring extensive and expensive treatment. If they don't look right they are not working right. Please see an orthodontist for individualized assessment.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
Improper alignment of your teeth can be cause many different and real concerns -even airway obstruction.
It is hard to tell from your questions how this affects you. If you are not sure of the recommendation made by your orthodontist, consider a second opinion and take your time. Getting braces is rarely an urgent issue :).

In brief: Depends
Improper alignment of your teeth can be cause many different and real concerns -even airway obstruction.
It is hard to tell from your questions how this affects you. If you are not sure of the recommendation made by your orthodontist, consider a second opinion and take your time. Getting braces is rarely an urgent issue :).
Dr. Farhad Sigari
Dr. Farhad Sigari
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