Do Braces Need to be Placed on All Teeth?

When it comes to braces, the most ideal treatment plan is usually to place them on both the upper and lower teeth. This is known as a double-arch orthodontic treatment, and it ensures that all your teeth are in the correct position and that the upper and lower rows of teeth match correctly. Depending on what you or your child have decided, you will receive metal brackets or transparent ceramic brackets. This ensures that the tooth cables stay in place. However, in some cases, it may be possible to put braces only on the upper or lower teeth.

This is called single-arch orthodontic treatment, and it is not as common as double-arch treatment. Your orthodontist will need to create a treatment plan that shows that your bite will not be adversely affected by the single-arch treatment. Depending on your teeth and bite, the price of a complete set of braces may not be much higher than that of braces on upper teeth. In addition to cost considerations, there are other factors to consider when deciding between wearing only upper braces or putting braces on both the upper and lower teeth. After analyzing your “bite” (basically, the relationship between your upper and lower teeth), your orthodontist may recommend only orthopedic appliances for your upper or lower teeth to correct an “overbite” or “underbite.”If you are considering braces for yourself or your child, it is important to consult with an orthodontist to determine the best course of action.

The orthodontist can provide you with a personalized treatment plan that takes into account all of your needs and preferences. They can also answer any questions you may have about braces and help you decide if single-arch or double-arch treatment is right for you.