Should he wear braces or not?

@rod977 (118)
Portugal
October 3, 2011 3:29pm CST
Hi Mylotters. My brother has pissing me off and my parents with this thing. He think he needs braces. He doesn't wanted to use but his tooth are a little crooked. LOL. Check this photos of his attempt of smiling (he was doing much effort) and tell me if he should wear braces and if there are another cheap choices that are International. http://www.imagebam.com/image/104f8b152295478 http://www.imagebam.com/image/a51318152295483 http://www.imagebam.com/image/22080b152295492 http://www.imagebam.com/image/8925cc152295474 What do you think? :/ P.S: He is 14! :)
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@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
3 Oct 11
Actually rod, the only problem I saw was maybe a little space between a couple teeth, other than that I don't see any problems. Personally I would say no, or maybe get the dentists opinion, because my dentist knows our financial situation and tries to give me the best advice I can afford..
@rod977 (118)
• Portugal
3 Oct 11
That's what I tell him!!! :) But the gaps will disappear with time?
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• United States
3 Oct 11
That I don't know, and why I suggest that he ask his dentist who can better evaluate him.
@Rick1950 (1584)
• Lima, Peru
4 Oct 11
I tried to watch the images but it seems they were deleted. In my opinion you should ask for the dentist. He is the only person who is able to do the best for your brother. People who isn't dentist can difficultly give a right opinion about this matter.
@WakeUpKitty (8694)
• Netherlands
4 Oct 11
Since I get the message your images are deleted I can't have a look at them. If it comes to braces they are needed if you are not able to eat normal (bite into your food or chew) or if the teeth give you problem with speaking. I think it's nonsense to just use them because you want them perfectly straight (same with with). Seems to be hot nowadays. If the jaw is too small only a brace might not help, it can be necessary to pull out some teeth to make some room (since the wisdom tooth will come through too). Braces can be wear at young age (over here mostly they start with 12 years old) but also adults can have one. It is not said that there will always be a great result. It will take years and in the end the teeth can be pushed back in the old situation again. If the teeth are standing more inside the tongue can change that too by pressing against them in time. I had space between my 2 upper teeth. I never took a braces although my dentist suggested that once as I was about 28 years old. I asked him where the space would go to if not there in the middle/in the front. He said it would be partly on the left and partly on the right and in some time/years it would be back in the old situation. So if I had decided for braces it was just a waste of money (next to the fact it's a damage for your teeth as well). At this moment I don't have space between my teeth anymore. Not thanks to braces but thanks to the fact my wisdom tooth are growing and pushing agains the rest. If they come true completely I can probably not close my mouth anymore because it is too small so the dentist has to pull out something. If you have great teeth don't mess too much around on them just because you might think you need braces. Unless you like to be at the dentist every year, or month or week. There is nothing else as braces, although you have all kind of. The braces are not the most expensive but all these times (every week or every 2 weeks) you have to show up and have to let it all checked again.
@mariahhh (1328)
• United Arab Emirates
4 Oct 11
Hi rod977 :) Why are the images deleted? Well, I guess it depends on the dentist if he really needs to wear braces or not. I was also reluctant to wear braces before because I felt that there was no major problem with my teeth. But my dad insisted, and now I'm really thankful that I did. The dentist convinced me, she said I need to have braces or I will have problems with biting. :)
• Philippines
4 Oct 11
The photo has already been deleted. Well anyways, it's better to just have it checked with your family dentist. For sure, they would know whether your brother's teeth really needs braces.
• United States
4 Oct 11
Well, I can't see the photos as they have been deleted but I do know that mildly crooked teeth are not usually a problem unless they disrupt the person's ability to chew, or if they tend to become food traps and need extra help such as flossing after every meal. Food traps eventually become rotted if not treated. If these are not issues with your brother, then no, I don't think braces are needed.
@Judy890 (1644)
• United States
3 Oct 11
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4 Oct 11
Oh also I had braces for 3 years in high school. I only got them because of my TMJ problem. I even had some teeth that were a little questionable and crooked looking but I didn't need braces for that reason alone. I needed it to treat my TMJ. It never did but at least I have straight teeth now :)
4 Oct 11
Only a dentist or an orthodontist can answer that question legitimately. If he has any jaw disorders such as TMJ, braces are a form of treatment to realign the teeth and jaw. Some gaps in between the teeth is fine unless it is causing a problem, such as a hard time chewing food properly, or overbite/underbite. I hope this helps. You can't really judge someone's teeth and say accurately that they need or don't need braces, only a real professional can can.