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A 88-year-old female asked:

I went to make a braces to close my teeth spaces, the first doctor said i will need a dental frenectomy and the second said i don't need,do i or don't?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Frenectomy: Please see an Orthodontic Specialist to examine and advise you. Frenectomy probably required. I prefer closing space first, which is not difficult, and having frenectomy done once teeth in ideal position but before braces removed to assure tissue healing with tooth roots ideally located. Frenectomy best done by a Periodontist, a gum/bone specialist.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Depends: There are many reasons your front teeth may be spaced. You need to see another orthodontist or even two to see if your age and probable periodontal (gum) condition will allow a successful treatment outcome with or without a frenectomy. You have lived 88 years with the space. Why change it now?

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