Extractions Are Sometimes Needed Before Orthodontic Treatment
There are some situations in which patients should have one or more particular teeth extracted before their braces are applied. They need to be removed because the orthodontist knows that their absences will reap optimal outcomes.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., our skilled and compassionate team of professionals are experts in the field of orthodontics and offer the highest quality of care. We will examine every aspect of your dental alignment and discuss with you your treatment options. Properly aligned teeth do wonders for your smile and oral health.
An orthodontist will determine if your teeth can be straightened without removing one or more; he (or she) may decide that your mouth is spacious enough for a highly successful orthodontic outcome. Though quite a few tooth and bite abnormalities necessitate the pulling of the teeth, there are three main reasons.
1. Severe crowding. Many patients’ mouths and/or arches are unable to accommodate all of a patient’s teeth. Which and how many teeth are to be extricated depend on the severity of crowding and the locations of the disadvantageous teeth.
2. Large overbites. In these cases, the top teeth stick way too far out. The protrusion will severely hamper the success of orthodontic outcomes. In a typical scenario, one or two permanent molars on the upper arch are removed and the front six teeth are pulled back into the vacant site(s).
3. Large underbites. With severe underbites, the lower teeth stick out way too far compared to the upper teeth. The remediation process is the same as the large overbites except, obviously, with the extraction of lower teeth.
How many teeth an orthodontist recommends be pulled depends on each patient’s specific circumstances. The number can range from one to four. A dentist or periodontist will take them out, though complicated configurations are treated by an oral surgeon. All three have years of training that focuses on extraction dentistry.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., we utilize a variety of up-to-the-minute techniques and appliances that are at the forefront of orthodontic care to make your treatment more effective. These advances offer a host of patient benefits that include less discomfort, fewer maintenance visits and shortened overall treatment time. For more information about our many services, please contact us today.