We work with all types of patients looking to improve their smile. From children to adults, there is no age limit to having a great smile. Some patients ask if it’s possible to only get bottom row braces, and this can occur for several reasons. Maybe they think their top teeth are fine as they are, maybe they don’t want people to see their braces, or maybe they’re just looking to save some on costs.
Whatever your reasoning for wanting braces on your lower teeth, we’re here to talk through your options. Knowing the right information is key to making the right choice for your life and oral health.
Do I even need braces at all?
Before discussing bottom row braces, let’s first discuss why someone might need braces in the first place. While you might think overcrowded teeth or a bad bite aren’t a big deal, both your appearance and oral health need to be considered.
Looks certainly aren’t everything, but while you may not worry about your smile, there is a chance other people do. According to research from the AACD, people with attractive smiles are more likely to be trusted, hired, receive raises, and even get dates. Studies have also shown that a good smile also gives you more confidence in your daily life.
But if you still aren’t concerned about the way your smile looks, you should also consider your oral health. Having a bad bite or overcrowded teeth can lead to a host of concerns, including:
- Overcrowded teeth are more likely to decay or rot because they are more difficult to clean.
- Patients with bad bites are more likely to suffer from jaw pain.
- Bad bites can also lead to chipped or cracked teeth.
- You’re more likely to lose teeth if they’re crooked and misaligned.
Investing in orthodontic treatment today can save you from significant costs, pain, and hassle in the future.
Can I have braces on just my bottom row of teeth?
Many patients ask if they can get away with braces on just their bottom row of teeth, and the answer is, it depends. If your upper row of teeth are aligned properly and there is nothing wrong with your bite, than bottom row braces may be the only thing you need.
If, however, you have a misaligned bite, then we cannot ignore this and focus only on the bottom row. Both the top and the bottom must receive treatment to pull your bite into alignment, and this is true even if your upper teeth look straight. It’s also important to consider how each individual tooth fits together, as moving a couple teeth will always affect the other teeth in your mouth.
If you still aren’t sure if you need braces on both the top and the bottom, the best bet is to consult your orthodontist.
Won’t upper row braces be too noticeable?
There are few adults who want to live with shiny, colorful metal brackets on the front of their teeth for the next 12-24 months. Many people think their bottom teeth will be less noticeable, but if you’re concerned about the way you’ll look with braces, there is good news for both the top and bottom rows of your teeth.
Here at Jordan Orthodontics, we offer a wide selection of braces to meet the individual needs and desires of each of our adult patients.
Metal Braces: Metal braces are the most common type and the most affordable. They are made of high-grade stainless steel, but you should know that today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than the metal braces of your childhood. Also keep in mind that you will likely need these braces for a shorter amount of time than most kids if you take care of your braces.
Ceramic Braces: These braces function just like metal braces, but are made of a translucent (clear) material. Because of the material, they are less noticeable on the front of your teeth and are therefore more popular with adult patients. They are more fragile than metal brackets, but hopefully as an adult you can resist jawbreakers and hard candy.
Invisalign: Clear aligners are a popular treatment for adults who want to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth. This treatment is great because the aligners are barely visible and can be removed whenever necessary. Although they cannot fix severe issues, if you’re just looking to straighten your lower teeth, then they might be the answer.
Ultimately, your orthodontist can guide you about the best treatment for correcting the overcrowding in your lower teeth.
Ready to correct your crowded teeth?
If you want to take the next step towards improving your smile, looks, and oral health, then you can start by contacting us here at Jordan Orthodontics. We’re conveniently located in Alpharetta, GA, so if you’re in the North Atlanta area then our office is right for you. Dr. Jordan has extensive experience in working with both children and adults to correct their smile, and is passionate about helping people achieve their goals about oral health and the way they look. We hope to see you soon!