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    Madison

    What are different types of teeth that need braces? Tell me something, are there different types of dentitions? Like I’ve always heard some people have small teeth while others have large or square ones. Otherwise, some people also have misaligned teeth that need braces and all.

    But, are there subtypes to these classes too? My friend is a dental student and I asked her if I needed braces. Then, she told me that there are multiple types of teeth with different requirements.

    She even said that braces are not the only treatment of malalignment. I know nothing about dentistry, but this new information has got me intrigued. I want to know what are the different types of teeth that need braces?

    How can we classify them and how does a doctor identify that his patient has a certain type of dentition? Is this a special field of dentistry? If yes, then what are these specialists called? What options are available for different types of teeth that need braces?

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    Reeha Amin
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    There are different types of teeth that need braces. Okay first of all, when I tell you this, you have to believe, no one, and I repeat, no one pays this much attention to dentistry. But it’s always good to know that people like you are out there. I genuinely appreciate your curiosity.

    For your question, yes, there are different types of dentitions. And yes, people with misaligned teeth do need braces.

    What your friend said is absolutely correct, different types of teeth require different modes of treatment. You will be surprised to know that there are in fact multiple subtypes to your mentioned classes. We have a separate field for such problems, called orthodontics. And the specialists of this field are known as an orthodontist.

    As you said people with malocclusion require braces. But there are three subclasses of malocclusion according to which treatment plan is decided.

    Before we jump on to the classes, there are some terminologies that you need to get familiar with. Anterior means front, and posterior means back. Mesial means towards the middle, and distal means away from the center. Now let’s look at the classes of malocclusion.

    In class 1, the teeth are either rotated or misaligned, but the line of occlusion is correct. In class 2, the mandibular teeth deviate anteriorly. On the other hand, in class 3, mandibular posteriors deviate distally. This is the easiest classification of different types of teeth that needs braces.

    Now as far as the observation of a dentist is concerned, it comes with experience. When a doctor examines his patient clinically, he can instantly tell what class of occlusion he is dealing with. Of course, he requires radiographs for confirmation. But, when you spend 12 hours looking at teeth, you kind of get used to the procedure.

    I hope my answer has solved some of your confusion regarding different types of teeth that need braces.

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