Braces – Why Do I Need Them?
Your dentist may have discussed the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment with you. Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to keep clean. This can result in cavities, gum disease, and eventually tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can cause tooth surfaces to wear abnormally or at an advanced rate (attrition), contribute to difficulty biting into and chewing food, cause abnormal speech such as lisping, and put excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that holds the teeth in place.
For most patients, a healthy beautiful smile is the main reason for undergoing orthodontic treatment. After your treatment is completed, you will very likely feel better about yourself and have more self-confidence.
Will it Hurt?
I Only Got My Top Braces. Why?
Dr. Bakhtari frequently places the upper braces only at the initial appointment. This is done intentionally. The usual reason is that there is too much overlap of the upper teeth over the bottom teeth (either in the front, the back, or both). This is called a "deep bite". If your lower braces are placed at the first appointment, it is very likely that your upper teeth will be biting on one or more of the bottom brackets. This will quickly result in those bottom brackets coming off the teeth, which means that you will have to take time out of your schedule to return to the office and have the loose bracket(s) removed or reattached. We prefer to avoid this inconvenience by only placing the upper braces in cases where a deep bite is present. The action of the upper braces and wire will gradually reduce the deep bite, and your lower braces can then be placed comfortably at a subsequent appointment (usually the 2nd or 3rd appointment).
A nice benefit of this is that it also gives our patients an easier time getting accustomed to brushing, flossing, and taking care of their braces because they only have half their mouth to deal with. And only half the discomfort as well!