Are My Teeth Messed Up Enough To Justify Braces?

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C333
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Are My Teeth Messed Up Enough To Justify Braces?

#1 Post by C333 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:22 pm

My teeth look relatively straight, but I feel like there's something wrong. I think I have a bit of a crossbite. My lower left canine pops out a bit, and when I open my mouth, my jaw seems to look like it naturally opens to the left side rather than straight down. Thoughts? Can I justify getting braces to fix it?

By the way, that picture with me opening my mouth isn't intentionally trying to open to the side. That's just the way it looks when I drop my jaw in a way that feels natural.

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Re: Are My Teeth Messed Up Enough To Justify Braces?

#2 Post by SDFD TSchott » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:07 pm

Seek a free evaluation. I'm not a professional and can't say yes or no but from just the photos I can see you can probably benefit I just don't know the dental history. Midline looks straight, there looks to be a mild open bite but I'm not certain and if your jaw shifts to the left when opening then there could be a dental issue going on there... Again just seek evaluation should be free.

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Re: Are My Teeth Messed Up Enough To Justify Braces?

#3 Post by EmilyTravels » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:04 pm

Your teeth are very pretty (I'm envious!), but if your bite isn't quite right, you might definitely benefit from braces.

Most orthodontists offer free consultations, so definitely go to at least a couple to see what they say. If you suspect something isn't quite right, you are probably correct.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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Re: Are My Teeth Messed Up Enough To Justify Braces?

#4 Post by C333 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:21 am

I don't really like my smile. Maybe I'm being overly picky. My midline is also shifted to the left, but it's hard to tell from the pictures because both arches are shifted.

I also think that my two upper front teeth stick out a bit.

I might also have some minor TMJ issues because I can't really close my jaw and have it feel relaxed.

But I wonder if it's worth it to have to deal with a mouthful of braces to fix issues that don't look too major

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Re: Are My Teeth Messed Up Enough To Justify Braces?

#5 Post by AndAndAnd » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:17 am

Your teeth look fine to me. Unless you have some functional problems I can’t see a reason why you should get braces. Best to voice your concerns with your dentist first, who will let you know if you need to be referred to an orthodontist.

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Re: Are My Teeth Messed Up Enough To Justify Braces?

#6 Post by Prometheus » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:34 pm

Get a consult or two, they usually are free. In the middle picture you seem to have a cross bite where your lower left canine and lateral incisor are in front of your upper left lateral incisor. Among other things I had a similar cross bite and waited way too long to get it fixed. I think seeking a couple of professional opinions is the way to go.
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