Can You Get Braces on the Top Teeth Only?

By June 20, 2018 Before Braces, Blog, FAQ's

braces on the top teeth only

Many patients want to know if they can get braces on the top teeth only. If you’re happy with your bottom teeth, you may be a candidate for one-arch or single arch treatment on the top (i.e., top braces only). Likewise, if you’re happy with your top teeth but have issues with your lower teeth, you may be a candidate for single arch treatment on the bottom (i.e., bottom braces only). But keep in mind that the bite relationship between the upper and lower teeth is complex. One-arch treatment will only work in certain scenarios, on certain patients.

Who Can Get Braces on the Top Teeth Only?

Here are two scenarios in which you may be a good candidate for top braces only:

  • There’s spacing between your upper teeth, you have an overjet (i.e., your top teeth stick out too far past your bottom teeth), and you’re happy with the look of your bottom teeth.
  • Your upper teeth are crowded, you have an underbite (i.e., your top teeth are behind your bottom teeth), and you’re happy with your bottom teeth.

Note: If your bite is fine, then fixing crowded teeth on the top will shift the teeth forward and create an overjet. Closing up gaps between the top teeth will shift them back and create an underbite.

Who Can Get Braces on the Bottom Teeth Only?

Here’s one scenario in which you may be a good candidate for bottom braces only:

  • Your lower teeth are crowded, your upper teeth are straight, and you have a significant overjet (i.e., your top teeth stick out too far).

Consult Your Orthodontist

The only way to know for sure whether or not you’re a candidate for one-arch treatment is to consult an orthodontist. St. Louis orthodontist, Dr. Dougherty, will evaluate your bite and determine the best course of treatment for you. She will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of getting braces only on the bottom or top teeth.

Have questions about getting braces on the top teeth only or bottom teeth only? Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Dougherty. Call 636.825.1000 or email info@doughertyorthodontics.com.