Don’t like how only one arch of your teeth looks? You’re not alone. Many people wonder if they can get traditional braces on just their top or bottom teeth. While it’s certainly possible, it’s not very common or even recommended. Your orthodontist will want to achieve a comprehensive improvement for your smile, which is why they typically avoid suggesting single-arch treatments. Read on to learn more about this and see what your alternative options are.
What Can You Expect from Straightening Single Arches?
Correcting only a single arch with traditional braces can lead to many complications. If you choose to straighten just the top or bottom teeth, the result may not properly line up with the opposite side. Unfortunately, that can cause issues with your bite pattern, which is one of the most common reasons for fixing the alignment of your teeth. A proper bite will allow you to eat more comfortably and feel more confident showing off your smile. Plus, it can improve your oral health and prevent any issues down the line. By choosing to address only one arch, you could put yourself at risk of these problems later on.
Why Should You Straighten Both Arches?
Contrary to popular belief, orthodontic treatment isn’t just for addressing aesthetic issues. It’s also necessary to ensure your bite doesn’t become problematic in the future. Getting traditional braces for both your upper and lower teeth will allow your dentist to provide more comprehensive treatment. It’s strongly recommended for patients with severe misalignment issues, as they’ll need to have their jaw adjusted as well. To make that possible, elastic bands are attached to the metal brackets on both rows of teeth.
Alternative Treatments for Your Smile
In some cases, it’s okay to straighten only one side of your smile! If you only want to correct specific teeth, you can achieve your desired results with Invisalign clear aligners. These plastic trays can fit your arch and target unique issues, like two front teeth that are gapped or slightly misaligned. Not only will your treatment be discreet, but it’s far more comfortable than wearing metal wires and brackets.
The only way to know for sure which treatment plan is right for you is by attending a consultation with your dentist. During your initial visit, they’ll perform a detailed oral examination and inquire about your goals to determine the best orthodontic solution for your needs!
About the Practice
At The Dental People of Katy, we are passionate about helping patients achieve their very best smiles. From routine checkups to state-of-the-art orthodontic treatments, we can meet all your oral health needs in one convenient location. To learn more about traditional braces, visit our website or call (281) 769-7648.