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Braces and Overbite Ask The Orthodontist Ara Nazarian Question:
Braces or retainer? I'm 33 years old female and have gaps between 4 of my upper front teeth.

About 8 years ago, I enquired about braces and was told that my facial profile/structure does not allow for braces. I did not understand that but on the dentist's recommendation, I've had the gaps bonded.

However, I'm thinking of having the gaps closed by either braces or retainer. I'd like to know which option would be better? Is braces safe at my age?

Will there be any maintanance required in long term? Are there any potential problems possible as a result of this work? ...Visitor from MI

Many times if the bite is good and there still is an issue of spaces between the front teeth, it is because the teeth may be too small for the arch.

In these situations minor enlargement of the teeth with conservative porcelain veneers may be the solution. Otherwise orthodontics can be the chosen solution, it is very acceptable at this point in life.

Most of my orthodontic patients are young business people or professionals that want their teeth straight or spaces closed. The best way to determine which treatment would be best is to view some photos or xrays.

For these patients I utilize the Short Term Braces technique that can usually straighten teeth within six months.

A Nazarian, DDS

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