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Can You Wear Braces If You Have Missing Teeth?


Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Smiling girl with bracesEmbarking on the journey to a straighter smile with braces can be an exciting prospect for anyone. However, what if you have some missing teeth? Does that mean braces are now off the table? Below, we explore the possibilities and considerations when it comes to wearing braces in the presence of missing teeth.

The Impact of Missing Teeth on Braces


When you have missing teeth, it can influence the alignment of your remaining teeth. The gap left by a missing tooth can lead to neighboring teeth shifting positions over time. While traditional braces are designed to move teeth into their ideal places, the presence of gaps may require additional considerations and procedures.

Options for Bracing with Missing Teeth


The good news is that having missing teeth does not necessarily rule out the possibility of getting braces. Orthodontic advancements have introduced various options to address different dental situations. For cases involving missing teeth, our orthodontist might recommend solutions like the following:

Traditional Braces


Even with missing teeth, traditional braces can still be effective in aligning the remaining teeth. Our orthodontist may use additional tools like bands or brackets strategically to facilitate the overall alignment process.

Partial Dentures or Implants


]In some instances, our orthodontist may collaborate with a prosthodontist (a dental surgeon) to incorporate partial dentures or implants in conjunction with braces. This approach not only addresses the gaps but also ensures a comprehensive solution for a straighter smile.

Space Maintenance


If a missing tooth is expected to be replaced in the future, our orthodontist might use braces to maintain the space for the upcoming dental restoration. This proactive approach helps ensure that the alignment is optimized for the future tooth replacement.

Contact Us Today


Having missing teeth does not automatically disqualify you from wearing braces. Our experienced orthodontist is ready to assess your unique situation and craft a treatment plan just for you.

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