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A 39-year-old member asked:

Please tell me if i should get teeth extracted for braces?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
I can't: I don't know anything about you or your malocclusion. Approximately 30% of all orthodontic patients require the removal of 1 or more permanent teeth, 70% do not. To make the extraction/non-extraction decision you will have to be examined by an orthodontic specialist. Ask your dentist for a recommendation and go for an initial visit. Let the orthodontist help you with the decision.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Getting some teeth extracted for braces. Any advice?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Basics: Follow your dentist's written instructions after an extraction. Avoid strenuous activity. Avoid activities that create suction (smoking or sucking from a straw). Don't swish vigorously. Avoid alcohol ; hot beverages. A soft or liquid diet would be good. Your dentist/ oral surgeon likely provided you w gauze to apply pressure with if you bleed.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Please tell me if I should get my four teeth extracted to have braces on?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
I can't: I cannot recommend extraction or non-extraction treatment without examining you. See a qualified orthodontic specialist for diagnosis and treatment planning. Follow his/her advice. 30% of orthodontic patients require the removal of 1 or more permanent teeth.
Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - orthodontics 39 years experience
In our practice 85 - 90% get extractions. But, I include wisdom teeth in my space planning.
Jan 1, 2014
A 41-year-old member asked:

Please tell me if I should worry about how braces are shaping my teeth?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
It's your mouth: You have every right to be concerned if you perceive a problem. Hopefully you have chosen a fully qualified orthodontic specialist to do your treatment. Please call the orthodontist and make an appointment to discuss your concerns. Remember you are a work in progress and perhaps tincture of time will allow a different perception. In the meantime, call your orthodontist for a consultation.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Please tell me if you can get braces on only a few teeth?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 26 years experience
Unlikely but ask: This question is common as most patients have only specific area they want to correct. However, when you want "only 3 teeth" to move, other teeth also need to move to accommodate such positional changes. When upper teeth move, the way upper ; lower teeth work together change also. This is why it is not likely that you get "braces on a few teeth only". There is always exception, so ask your dr.
A 49-year-old member asked:

After getting teeth pulled, how quickly can you get braces?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Case dependent: Right away or as soon as you are comfortable enough. As a matter of fact, it's quite common for an orthodontist to start placing bands and brackets on teeth and then request the dentist remove one or more teeth with your braces already in place.

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