A 21-year-old female asked:
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i have to get four front teeth extracted before i get braces. i'm self conscious, so how long will it take before the gaps close completely w/ braces?

3 doctor answers
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
37 years experience Dentistry
Treatment plan: Speak with the orthodontist prior to treatment so you know exactly what to expect and if any provisional appliances would be needed.
Answered on Jul 27, 2020
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Aprox. 6-12 months: The length of time to close extraction gaps depends on your unique case and I would suggest a complete evaluation with an orthodontist to find out a more clear time projection.
Answered on Mar 27, 2019
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Extractions: Extractions required for Orthodontic treatment are usually of the 4th or 5th oooh back, not the front ones, so the temporary esthetic burden is minimal. Think of it this way, if you had a broken leg you would have to wear an ugly bulky cast, tut in the end it's worth it. Make sure you are being treated by a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist, and discuss your concerns with him/her.
Answered on Mar 27, 2019

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