Crooked teeth need braces ? I have ugly crooked teeth and time and again I have thought of getting them fixed through braces. I want to know how safe braces are because I have heard it from my friends who had braces as a child complaining now that their gums have weakened over time. I have found this online too along with many people complaining that after some time their teeth seem to be getting back to their original shape too. Kindly throw some light. For the record, my teeth are severely crooked.