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Braces and Overbite Ask The Orthodontist Ara Nazarian Question:
Lower braces causing spaces in upper teeth? I am in my 40's. I just got metal braces on my bottom teeth just to straighten them. My top teeth and bite were fine.

After just 3 weeks my bite is bad and I have a space on my top teeth. I assume my bite will be put back to normal in the next year, but I am not sure why I am getting a space on my top.

Should I have gotten braces on my top too? I didn't think they could move if I didn't have braces on them. I am very concerned about my top teeth. I am now wearing a nite guard. ...Visitor from NJ

Answer:
It appears from your description that your top teeth were straight and only the bottom needed straightening.

Without seeing a picture or image of your smile it is difficult to say, however, I'm assuming your lower teeth were crowded and not spaced.

If so, many times when we straighten these teeth the arch space widens. If the arch space on the lower arch widens then this can cause some spacing of the upper teeth.

For many of my patients that present with similar circumstances I usually bracket both upper and lower arhes to avoid any spacing.

I'm sure you may still be in a transitional period so definitely speak to your dentist who is straightening your teeth. However, spaced teeth will not go back on their own and may need some type of appliance or bracket system to put back into place.

A Nazarian, DDS

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