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Can I Get Braces on the Top or Bottom Teeth Only?

Patients at our LN Dental Chester Hill frequently ask about getting braces on either the top or bottom teeth only. Often, the believe that one is already straight enough or not visible when they smile.

Although there are some instances where this might be feasible, there are some considerations that need to be taken into account.

When you come to LN Dental, we will take the time needed to conduct a full evaluation of your current oral health, making recommendations so you have the information you need to make the best decision about your oral health.

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‘Single-Arch’ Orthodontic Treatment

Single-arch treatment in orthodontics means getting braces on just the top or bottom teeth—but not both. When a dentist makes the decision that opting for top-teeth braces or bottom-teeth braces is the right course of treatment, there are usually other factors that play into this. This will include the current state of the bite, or the relationship between the lower and upper teeth. The reason the current bite is such a crucial consideration is because changing just one set of teeth can dramatically impact it.

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When Single-Arch Treatment Might Be Effective

There are situations where single-arch treatment might make more sense:

  • Since crooked teeth tend to shift forward once they’re straightened, patients who have crowded lower teeth and straight upper teeth with a significant overbite might benefit from bottom-only braces.
  • Braces on only the top teeth might work if there is spacing between the upper teeth, an overbite, and straight lower teeth. This could actually move the teeth back, improving the overbite while closing gaps between teeth.
  • If upper teeth are behind bottom teeth, and top teeth are crowded, single-arch braces could fix the issue.

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It’s important to be aware that not everyone is a good candidate for these treatments, however, and the best way is to visit your LN Dental Chester Hill and have your teeth and bite evaluated.

To learn more, we welcome your call to LN Dental to schedule a booking.

Shop 3, 11 Chester Hill Rd
Chester Hill, NSW
(02) 9644 1499