Do I really need braces?

I am a young adult with a very noticable overbite and crooked teeth, but no other dental problems (not even wisdom tooth pain or cavities). I have been told since I can remember that I would need braces at some point, but it's been years since I've been to a dentist. I'm not sure if that would be neccesary, though. I know that there are certain health problems associated with overbites, like lisps, gum disease, and sleep apnea, but I haven't experienced any of those. When I've asked doctors or family members why I need braces, their answers are always either purely cosmetic reasons or "It can cause problems firther down the line" without any specifics supplied beyond that. In order to straighten out my bite, I would have to get braces, a pallette expander, and due to the size of the teeth in my upper jaw, I could possibly end up getting my teeth "shrunk" or removed. I'm also not sure whatnthis would do to the shape of my face, and I don't really want to change my jawline. I was wondering if, since I have no problems with my teeth beyond the cosmetic, it would even be worth getting work done. Again, I haven't had any previous medical issues with my teeth, and all of the other reasons seem to be purely about appearances. Do I really need to get work done?

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Answer: It Is Always Your Decision

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Hi there.  When deciding to get braces, you have final say as to whether or not you want them.  We live in a world where the media tries to sell us on being perfect, but sometimes be imperfect is perfect.  I can lost count of how many beautiful celebrities, singers and models there are out there with overbites, underbites or just teeth that aren't "perfect". You are not experiencing any jaw pain nor gum issues, so getting braces would purely be for cosmetic reasons.  And it sounds like you are happy with your appearance (We all should be), so you may be dissapointed when braces change the shape of your face to due movement of teeth.  So my advice is to move on and put this behind you, you are not a candidate for braces. Save the money and travel, see the world.  The only other bit of advice I have is to make sure you do go to a dentist and keep your teeth in outstanding health.  They will try to sell you on getting braces, but simply ignore them.  You are happy and healthy. 

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