As the journey into orthodontic treatment begins, you are sure to have questions. Whether your orthodontist has recommended braces or Invisalign, the main goal is to shift your teeth in such a way that they will be straight. Any issues with your bite will be corrected as well. The process of orthodontic treatment varies for everyone. A typical length of treatment time is two years. However, it could be as little as a year or as much as four years. It will depend on the severity of the orthodontic problem, the age of the patient, and what kind of results are expected. As you prepare for your plan of action to correct any orthodontic problems, one concern may be tooth extraction.
Is Tooth Extraction a Necessity in Order to Have Orthodontic Treatment?
Regardless of what type of orthodontic treatment is advised, your orthodontist will make every effort to avoid tooth extraction. In most cases, teeth do not need to be removed. When it is necessary, anywhere from one to four teeth may be extracted before orthodontic treatment begins. Reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Removal of the back molars in order to leave room for the wisdom teeth
- The taking out of the wisdom teeth if they have already come in
- Removing back teeth to address front teeth that protrude excessively
- Removal of damaged or diseased teeth
- Correction of issues with the symmetry of the bite
- When teeth are impacted or fused to the bone
Teeth at the back of the mouth, that are not visible when you smile. Nor are they typically removed in order to make orthodontic results more effective. Once treatment is complete, the rest of your teeth will shift into the proper position, making up for any missing teeth. You won’t notice any gaps, only a straight, beautiful smile.
What Other Options are Possible?
Your orthodontist will make every effort to save teeth if that is possible. An expander appliance can expand the arches in order to make more space and correct problems with crowding. Surgical procedures may produce positive results as well.
Tooth Extraction Maybe the Easiest Approach?
When you make the decision to have orthodontic treatment, you are making a commitment to yourself to get the best smile possible. Not only will shifting your teeth into the proper position enhance your smile. It will also make it possible to improve oral hygiene by providing easier access to the teeth for brushing and flossing. When the teeth are aligned properly, it can eliminate issues like sleep apnea and TMJ disorders.
It’s important to keep all the positives in mind when thinking about getting orthodontic issues corrected. If tooth extraction is recommended, it is for a good reason. Teeth which are diseased or damaged to the point that they can’t be fixed, they should be removed to make way for a healthy smile. If there simply isn’t enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth, removing teeth at the back will give the rest of your teeth room to shift, correcting crowding problems in order to create an amazing smile.
Removal of the rear molars may make it possible to avoid future issues with wisdom teeth, leaving them plenty of room to come in. Many people have serious problems with their wisdom teeth and have to have a more involved procedure to remove them in their late teens or early twenties. A strategic choice to remove back teeth for orthodontic treatment could allow you to keep your wisdom teeth. This choice will also ensure that your results from your braces aren’t ruined when the wisdom teeth come in.
How Will You Know if Tooth Extraction is Necessary?
The only way to find out if tooth extraction will be part of your orthodontic plan, whether you are going with Invisalign or another alternative, is to have a consultation with your orthodontic specialist. During your first visit, your teeth will be carefully evaluated. This assessment will include a physical examination and the use of medical imagery to provide a clear picture of exactly what is going on with your teeth.
From that point, it will be possible to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to meet your needs. You will be able to discuss all of your options, from traditional metal brackets and wires worn on the front of your teeth to the same worn on the back of the teeth, ceramic brackets that match your teeth, and clear aligners. Find out how long your orthodontic treatment plan is likely to last, what kind of care will be necessary, and what to expect after your teeth have been moved into the proper position. Expect a retainer as the final step for lasting results.
If tooth extraction is necessary, your orthodontic specialist will explain the reasons for this approach. They do this in order to enhance your teeth. You can discuss other options if you do not want your teeth removed, but understand that it may be the only option in some cases. When all is said and done, your new smile will be worth every step along the way in the journey of orthodontic correction.
Turn to King Orthodontics Today to Learn More
At King Orthodontics, you will feel like one of the family. The practice has been carrying on the tradition of excellence since Dr. Ben King started it in 1953. His son, Dr. Jack King, and grandson, Dr. Sam King, are carrying on what he started, ensuring that you will be in good hands when you walk in the door. Your orthodontic needs will be addressed when you come in for treatment. To get answers about your teeth and a treatment plan, schedule your first treatment.
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400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd.
Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: (937) 878-1561
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