12 doctors weighed in:

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

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dr. Heidi Nelson
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Sami Latif
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
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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