Straightening just the top or bottom teeth with braces is a possibility; however, there may be more to your situation than you see in the mirror. After discussing with your doctor, you could discover that while only one row of your teeth appears crooked, your entire bite might need adjusting. Correcting issues with your bite could help you in the long-run, both with straighter teeth, and preventing grinding or jaw discomfort. In most cases, it is better for you to treat your entire smile.
Another reason to have braces on both your top and bottom row of teeth is to ensure your teeth continue to fit and function together properly. Your teeth have grown to work together and if you were to change one row, but not the other, your teeth may no longer match up, causing discomfort, grinding and potentially chipped teeth. Having misaligned teeth may also make biting or chewing difficult, which can have a negative affect on your digestive system.
Something you may not know about the teeth straightening process is that your teeth move forward as they are aligned; therefore, using braces to align lower teeth may improve an overbite. Alternatively, treating only the top teeth with braces could worsen an under bite. Not only will a full mouth of braces give you straighter teeth, it will also better your bite.
To sum everything up, yes, in some cases you can have braces on just the top or bottom row of teeth; however you will likely be better served by a full set of braces. Because braces do more than improve the appearance of your teeth, they are an investment in your long-term health and it would be counter-productive to cut corners.
While it is possible to get braces on just your upper or lower teeth, it is important to lean on the advice of your orthodontist. Talk with your doctor about your ultimate goal and discuss which solution is going to be best for you and your health.
Contact Huerter Orthodontics to schedule an appointment and find out which option is best for you.