Though it’s possible to get braces on your top or bottom teeth only (also known as single arch orthodontic treatment), it’s only suitable for some patients. For most, it may not be a good idea.
It is rare, but some patients only need one-arch treatment. For example, they may already have perfect teeth on one arch and a spacing problem on the other that they would like corrected. However, fitting braces on one arch only is purely for cosmetic purposes and can’t fix most orthodontic problems.
Braces on Top Teeth Only
Our upper teeth are on display whenever we eat, talk, or smile. Some people are very self-conscious about the aesthetics of their top teeth and feel a room for improvement. They could want an attractive smile and feel their bottom teeth are not as visible, so just want to change their top teeth.
If you are going with single-arch treatment and your budget is limited, you may consider having only top row braces. Keep in mind that getting braces on the top teeth can only be for cosmetic purposes. It isn’t possible to fix an overbite, crossbite, or an underbite without moving the top and bottom teeth both. But for patients who do not have a bite problem but do not like their crooked tooth, top braces can work.
Braces on Bottom Teeth Only
Bottom braces are less popular than top teeth braces. Bottom teeth are less visible when smiling, so most patients prefer to treat their top teeth only. However, crooked bottom teeth are noticeable when speaking so patients may fix the problem with bottom teeth braces. Crowded and twisted bottom teeth may also cause a bite problem, which braces can correct. Some patients are happy with their top teeth and just want to fix a crowding problem or similar on the bottom arch.
Discuss your Options with an Orthodontist
Before deciding on the treatment, discuss your options with your Orthodontist.