A 45-year-old member asked:
why do i need to pull teeth out before getting braces?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 40 years experience
To create space: In some circumstances, due to the size of your teeth and the size of your jawbone(s), there's not enough room for the orthodontist to straighten your teeth and give you a harmoneous smile. For that reason, teeth are sometimes extracted.
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Size issue: It's a tooth-size verses bone-size issue. If you have too much tooth material for the amount of bone material to support it, either jaw expansion (this is a finite process limited by your genetic pattern) or tooth material reduction is indicated. If your orthodontic specialist is recommending tooth extraction you must have significant crowding or severe jaw malrelationships.
Last updated Dec 12, 2013
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