Adult braces vs. invisalign – my orthodontist
If you can have braces on either your top or bottom teeth (known as single or one-arch orthodontic treatment), this is only appropriate for certain patients. It might not be the best care option for most people.
Although it is uncommon, some patients only need care for a single arch. They may already have great teeth on one arch but a minor crowding or spacing issue on the other, which they would like to address. Others are aware that neither arch is flawless, but just one row of teeth causes them enough discomfort to pursue orthodontic care.
Putting braces on only one arch is purely aesthetic and won’t solve any orthodontic issues. In reality, braces on one arch but not the other can solve one issue while exacerbating another. For the majority of patients, braces on both arches at the same time is the only orthodontic procedure.
When we chat, smile, or eat, our top teeth are on show. Some people are self-conscious about the appearance of their upper teeth and believe that they can be enhanced. They may want a more appealing smile to boost their self-esteem and believe that their bottom teeth aren’t as visible as their top teeth, so they just want to improve their top teeth.
It’s not uncommon for adults and children to just want braces on their top teeth. It makes sense: if you like the way your bottom teeth look or can’t be bothered to straighten them because they aren’t as noticeable, it’s easier to concentrate on the top teeth, right?
Some orthodontists can only place braces on your upper teeth before moving on to your lower teeth. Because adjusting only one set of teeth will change your bite, the orthodontist carefully assesses your bite and the relationship between your top and bottom teeth.
Your smile is determined by more than just the location of your teeth. Your bite is a complex relationship involving your jaws as well. Your teeth can not fit together properly if your jaws aren’t aligned (your bite).
Another factor to think about is how your teeth shift. When teeth are straightened, for example, crowded teeth tend to move forward, while teeth with gaps between them tend to move backward. So, though braces on top teeth will just straighten those top teeth, your bite will be off as a result. If your top teeth are crowded, for example, treating only the upper teeth can cause your overbite to widen.
Getting braces for the first time | top and
Every patient in our orthodontic practice in El Dorado Hills and the surrounding communities is a rockstar, according to us. When patients come to us with questions, whether online or in our office, we take the time to discuss their needs and concerns.
Many patients have called us to inquire about having braces for either their top teeth or (less frequently) just their bottom teeth. Since this is a frequently asked question, we asked Dr. Datwyler to explain single arch care — what it is, when it works, and when it doesn’t.
When patients inquire about top-only braces, it’s usually because they believe their bottom teeth are straight (or nearly so), and that they’re less noticeable anyway. They are mostly concerned with enhancing the appearance of their top teeth and do not see why braces on the bottom teeth are necessary in this situation.
Plus, it appears to be half the price, correct? Half the braces equals half the job, which seems to be half the price. We recognize that many families are trying to extend their budget as far as they can, so this issue is understandable.
Clear braces could be a more appealing option than the gleaming metal brackets and wires that are visible when you smile. The most common materials used in clear braces are see-through or tooth-colored ceramic, porcelain, or polycarbonate. Despite the fact that many people prefer a more discreet appearance, simple braces have both advantages and disadvantages. Simple braces can be bulky (in comparison to metal braces) and tougher than tooth enamel, depending on their design. As a result, the braces have the potential to wear off your teeth. There will be more on this later.
Another disadvantage of transparent braces is that they must be bulkier in order to perform the same function as metal braces. This may cause you to take a little longer to adjust to your new braces because they will feel bulkier and have a higher risk of catching your lips.
Another disadvantage to clear braces is that they are bulkier. This is especially true if you only have clear braces on your bottom teeth. To clarify, we’ll need to learn a bit more about how braces work in practice. Braces brackets (the square pieces that are attached to each tooth) are essentially handles. The gentle forces delivered by the wire that runs between the braces are responsible for the movement. If a tooth is crooked, the wire will force it into place. To achieve such movements, your orthodontist can place bends or even springs in the wire between teeth.