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How do I know if I need metal braces?

You will know if you need metal braces by looking at your teeth and by talking with your dentist. If your teeth are crowded, crooked, or overlapped, you may benefit from metal braces. Also, check the way you bite. If your top teeth extend over your bottom (overbite) or your bottom extend over your top teeth (under bite), you may benefit from metal braces.
Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

The best way to know if you need braces is to have a consultation with an orthodontic specialist (an orthodontist). During your initial exam he will examine your face, teeth, supporting structures, and jaw. He will then use all of the findings to explain what is good and what could be improved. He will also explain treatment options like metal braces, clear braces, inside braces, and aligners. Most orthodontists do not charge for this initial evaluation, so call today!

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