Tooth Talk: Straight to the point on crooked front teeth

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  • Most of the time it is not possible to move just the upper or just the lowers and leave the remaining teeth alone.
  • Even though you will be wearing braces on the upper and the lower there are ways to make them less noticeable.

Q: I want to get my lower front teeth straightened because I hate the way they are all overlapped. I was told that to straighten them I would need to wear braces on all my teeth. Why do I have to do all that just to straighten my lower front teeth?

A: I appreciate your question and am happy to try and answer it for you. Moving “some” teeth is a very common request from patients of all different ages and for all different reasons. Most of the time it is not possible to move just the upper or just the lowers and leave the remaining teeth alone. Most often, the upper teeth have to be moved along with the lower teeth or you won’t be able to close properly.

In your case, where lower crowding is the concern, we have to move the upper teeth out a little to create the needed room.

If you only want the teeth that show when you smile moved and you have no problems with the way your teeth bite together then this type of treatment can be done quickly and easily. Usually in about six to eight months. A short period of time to achieve the straight teeth you want.

Even though you will be wearing braces on the upper and the lower there are ways to make them less noticeable. Instead of traditional silver brackets, there are now clear brackets and even ones that can be worn on the back of the teeth so they are completely invisible. Would you believe they even have gold brackets with gold wires!

Dr. Eck would like to thank all of the people who write, call and e-mail in their questions and concerns. He encourages everyone to keep it up. You’re the ones who make this possible. Thank you!

Dr. Eck may be reached at bonitadentalcare@aol.com, by phone at (239)389-9400. His office is located in the Suntrust Bank building in Suite 305.

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