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Are Teeth Extracted for Braces?

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At Meason Orthodontics, we love helping our patients achieve the straighter smile they’ve always wanted. Because we treat each of our patients as individuals, we customize our care to each patients’ needs. We are proud to offer traditional metal braces, clear braces, and clear aligners, each customized for the unique situation of every patient. And because of this personalization, our treatments only involve what is absolutely necessary for the oral health and smile goals of our patients. So today, we want to address a frequently asked question about braces: “Will I need any teeth extracted to get braces?”

When Braces Require Extractions

The first step in determining whether you or a loved one may need teeth extracted as part of your orthodontic treatment is a consultation with Dr. Meason. While most patients do not need any teeth extracted for braces, occasionally we do recommend extracting teeth. There are three general reasons we extract teeth: severe crowding, a bite correction, or a lingering baby tooth.

1. Severe Crowding

Severe crowding is by far the most common reason for extracting teeth. In this situation, extracting a tooth, or even several teeth, may be necessary to allow for comfortable and healthy alignment of your teeth.

2. Bite Misalignment

If there is misalignment of your jaws and bite, rubber bands are usually required to get the top teeth to fit with the bottom teeth. Occasionally, the misalignment is too severe to correct with just rubber bands alone. In these rare cases, we may determine that extracting one or more teeth is the best way to get your top teeth to fit over the bottom teeth without requiring invasive jaw surgery.

3. Lingering Baby Tooth

Sometimes a baby tooth doesn’t come out on its own and will block the development of the underlying adult tooth. In these cases, Dr. Meason will refer you back to your dentist to have the baby tooth pulled so that the adult tooth can emerge normally and your orthodontic treatment can proceed without complications from a stubborn baby tooth.

Recovery after a Tooth Extraction

After your tooth extraction, you’ll be provided with important post-operative instructions. The best way to ensure you have a smooth recovery is to follow these home care instructions, which involve maintaining daily oral hygiene, eating soft foods, drinking water, and getting plenty of rest!

To ask our team any questions about the braces process or to schedule an orthodontic consultation, contact our office today.

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