Think You’re Cut Out for Braces? Take This Braces Quiz

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Published by Dr. Charles Gemmi

A Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Charles Gemmi has been a practicing orthodontist with Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center. Orthodontics Limited is a Diamond+ Provider of Invisalign in Philadelphia and Hatboro, PA.

Even if your teeth are pretty straight, you might still be interested in braces to help to make them perfectly straight. Not sure if braces are the right option for you? Here’s a braces quiz that should make it easy to find out whether or not braces are the right for you.

1. How old are you?

Braces aren’t just for preteens and teenagers, though that is the most common age range for people to get braces. If you are less than ten years old, your orthodontist will probably want to wait until you and your jaw are a little bit older and you can get a better idea of what your adult teeth are going to look like in your adult jaw. If you are older than eighteen, you are certainly not too old for braces. In fact, adults are the fastest growing demographic of braces wearers, especially those that have disposable income and want to straighten their teeth.

2. Are your teeth crowded?

Look in the mirror. How crowded are your teeth? You might have only one or two teeth that overlap each other. The crowding is not very noticeable, but this does not mean that it is not affect the health of those teeth. On the other hand, you might have a lot of crowding, with all of your teeth overlapping one another, many turned in their sockets in order to make room for other teeth. Braces can help any and all crowding in your mouth.

3. Are there large gaps between your teeth?

Ideally, you would want your teeth to be perfectly aligned, with only very small gaps in between each tooth. They are lined up, one next to another, without any large gaps. This might, however, not be the reality for your teeth. If you have large gaps in between your teeth, these gaps could be affecting the health of your mouth. How noticeable are these gaps when you look at your teeth in the mirror? Even if these gaps are between your back teeth, you might still want to get braces to help close them up.

4. Do you have any issues with your bite?

You have essentially five options for your bite. You can have an overbite, a slight overbite, normal alignment, slight underbite, and an underbite. With the exception of the normal alignment, all of this misalignments could be affecting the health of your teeth. An underbite could actually cause your teeth to wear away after, while an overbite could make it impossible to properly chew food. The right braces treatment can correct underbites and overbites quickly or can help you maintain your perfectly even bite.

5. Do you have crooked teeth?

You might have crooked teeth that are neither crowded nor have significant gaps between them. If a tooth is jutting out at a strange angle or is twisted in its slot, you might be the perfect candidate for braces. Take a look at your teeth. How many are crooked? If you have perfectly straight teeth except for one that is a little crooked, you might not be cut out for braces. If, however, you have more than just a few crooked teeth, you might still want to get the braces you are thinking about. Talking to an orthodontist is usually the best way to know whether or not your issues can be solved by braces.

6. Do your parents have crooked teeth?

Even if you are not yet at a stage of life where you might need braces, how straight your parents’ teeth are can be a good indication as to whether or not you might get braces yourself. If your parents have naturally straight teeth, you are more likely to have naturally straight teeth, too. This doesn’t mean that you absolutely will, but you do have their genes, and if straight teeth is in their genes, you might not need to get braces. On the other hand, if they have very crooked teeth or had to get braces themselves, it is more likely that you will need to get them, too.

7. Do your friends have braces?

Having friends that have braces doesn’t just make the process a little bit easier (you’ll have a support group for your braces), it’s also a good indication as to whether or not it is actually time to get braces. If most of your friends either have had braces or are currently wearing braces, this could be a good indication that it’s time for you to get braces, too.

8. Do you want braces?

One of the biggest factors to consider is whether or not you actually want braces. If you do not think that you need braces or you simply do not care about how straight your teeth are, you might not need to get them—as long as there is no medical necessity. Many people think about braces as only for those who want teeth that look straighter but the truth is that crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can actually affect the health of your mouth. As long as your teeth are not affecting your health, you might not need to get braces if you do not want them.

Getting braces is a big decision and is not one that should be made on the fly. Even if all of your friends have braces and you feel like now is the time, each person and each mouth is different. Answering these questions will help you determine whether or not you are cut out for braces.

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26 responses to “Think You’re Cut Out for Braces? Take This Braces Quiz”

  1. Jessica Ann Doerfler says:

    When I got braces on my teeth in the 12th grade it caused me to be teased.

    • epeclopo says:

      I really want braces i want to look like nerd so bad! all my freinds need them and it makes me jelious braces are sooooooo awesome! can you help me?

  2. Ruby says:

    Oh sweetie, I’m so sorry. In secondary school, multiple people have or have had braces before. It’s so unbelievably common, in teenagers. Your problem is that you haven’t exactly had them late, but most people who needed braces at some point in their life would have got them on at some early stage in secondary school. Now you, I suppose have now finished school, which is the time when pretty much everyone has got their braces off or are coming so close to the end. They are probably making
    Fun of you because at this stage, not many people still have them on. The best thing you can do is ignore because you know, that it’s 100% worth it and you will Benefit massively. You will have straight teeth and will be able to enjoy a lovely pearly smile. Stay strong!

  3. Audrey Young says:

    I have absolutely no idea if I need braces and a lot of people tell me I do but some say I dont

  4. Amiera w. says:

    awwe well the people who made fun or teased you about that were probably jealous about your braces their teeth were probably messed up too so they picked on you so they would feel better about themselves. Dont worry about what others say they arent god or anybody

    • ruby says:

      I am not sure if I need braces. But when I met my best friend the first thing she said was u need braces. I would say I have a slight over bit and genetical buck teeth. also the gaps between my teeth are so big that I can fit my tongue between some of them. I’m going to the dentist today though wish me luck

  5. Kemonie Sowell says:

    I think I need braces because I have a overbite and I have gaps in between my teeth a lot of people say I need them but some people say I don’t I just want to know if I need them to get them so I don’t keep having problems with my mouth and I keep biting the side of my mouth everytime I eat and I Grind on my teeth at night when I’m sleep

  6. Heaven says:

    I have straight teeth but I really want braces what do I do?

    • Jahanara says:

      I really want braces even though I have straight teeth, is there anything I can do?

      • jenna says:

        I really really want braces because they look really cool and all my friends have them but my teeth are perfectly straight I always fantasize about how my teeth look and I will try to put fake ones in my mouth but it never works as real one do my mom said they don’t need some but can you help me do I get braces or should I just get fake braces?

  7. Bathabile says:

    My teeth are yellow and I’ve consulted the doctor over and over but nothing helped. My Jaws tend to hurt and give me a headache, I also keep hearing sound from my Jaws.Sometimes I bite the sides of my mouth and food tends to get stuck between my teeth. Do I need braces?

  8. Heather says:

    Hi. I have really sharp teeth at the back of my mouth and when i bite it really hurts my tongue. I also have a slight overbite. I was wondering if I need braces; but I also wear glasses and don’t want to look like a nerd.

  9. Peyton bowers says:

    1 11
    2 nO
    3 No
    4 sometimes
    5 no
    6 my dad
    7 Yes
    8 yes

  10. Raine says:

    Hi . I have some crooked teeth and I keep biting myself on my cheek and I also have an overbite , but we went to the dentist and she said my teeth are fine but I don’t trust her because here reviews are horrible

  11. Aze says:

    Hi, I have striaght teeth, sometimes i bite the side of my mouth(not on perpose) but I have this one tooth that is crooked and it is faced the wrong way. so idk if this is a good enough to get braces. plz help

  12. Keyonce Reefe says:

    I need the braces

  13. carl says:

    No you dont just brush your teeth good and floss

  14. Ksjsjsjs says:

    I don’t want braces I think my teeth look fine and I just don’t want to deal with the process the only issue I have is I have a extra tooth that is almost unnoticeable and causes no pain I’m 13 do I really need braces?

  15. Serenity Stephens says:

    I want an affordable price but I have no idea

  16. Rose says:

    If any of you are concerned about getting braces, they aren’t bad! I got my braces about 7-8 weeks ago and I’m 14 years old going into high school. Honestly braces don’t look bad on people so if you think your going to look like a nerd I promise you your not. I actually just went into the dentist yesterday to get my Seperators in my molars. Although I’ve only had braces for a few weeks my teeth have actually moved quite a lot. I can’t believe it took me so long to get braces, and it was all because a different orthodontist thought I needed multiple teeth pulled for braces but it turns out I didn’t. For those wondering “Do they hurt?” The first few days, yes your teeth are going to hurt I’m not gonna lie. But taking some medicine always helped my pain go away for a little while. I’m not sure if everyone needs sepearators but if you do, the pain is a little bad but not as bad as braces. And they only stay in for about a week! I’m so excited for what my smile will look like in 2 years from now! And I don’t want any of y’all being scared about getting braces!!

  17. emma says:

    I might need braces because I have an overbite and I have huge gaps between my teeth. I go to the dentist on Nov 20,2021

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