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What if Some Kids Need Extractions to Put On Braces?


Posted on 1/30/2020 by Harry L. Dougherty DDS, MS
What if Some Kids Need Extractions to Put On Braces?Although getting braces doesn't necessarily require tooth extraction, there are some situations where it is beneficial for proper alignment to remove one or more teeth.

Removing teeth prematurely, however, can actually cause bigger orthodontic problems, such as shifting of permanent teeth to open spaces, creating misalignment.

Extraction and Braces


There are orthodontic devices known as palatal expanders that our office can recommend to prevent shifting between extraction and application of braces. However, extracting teeth before the permanent teeth are ready to erupt can lead to worse orthodontic problems than the eventual need for extraction. Simply put, extraction is only appropriate prior to getting braces when all permanent teeth are ready in place.

There are exceptions to this rule, on the other hand. Pulling teeth too late can exacerbate existing orthodontic problems or even trigger other ones. For instance, pulling baby teeth can sometimes help crowded permanent teeth erupt at a normal rate and in their normal location.

What If My Child's Dentist Recommends Extraction?


Although your dentist may recommend extraction for proper alignment of incoming teeth, it is recommended that you consult our office prior to agreeing to have your child's teeth extracted.

Our experienced and trustworthy orthodontic professionals have the necessary knowledge to foresee what your child's bite will look like when permanent teeth naturally erupt in comparison to how it will look after braces. This provides essential insight as to how extraction would affect orthodontic treatment more specifically.

Whether we agree with our recommendation for extraction or not, our orthodontic professionals will provide you with sound advice regarding the need for extraction prior to braces, or lack thereof. For more information about your child's orthodontic future, contact our office for a consultation or to schedule an appointment today!
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