Will I Need to Have Teeth Taken Out for Braces?

Taking teeth out for braces can make sense for some people, but we want to consider the options first.

Taking out a baby tooth can help an adult tooth come in better and more comfortably. The problem could be crowding – bigger teeth and smaller jaws. Or a baby tooth that’s staying in place too long. Or an adult tooth that’s coming into the wrong spot.

Taking out the baby tooth may be optional. There can be pluses and minuses to it and I’m happy to help guide you to what makes the most sense for you and your teeth.

Now taking out adult teeth can also make sense, but it’s rare. With the braces I use, I hardly ever have to take out any adult teeth. Keeping all your teeth for a broad, natural smile is always my first choice.

But for some people, braces just can’t make enough space and the front teeth are too far forward, so taking teeth out will give you the best smile and the best fit of your teeth. We close the space as we move the teeth back for the most natural smile.

In most cases where we may be considering taking out adult teeth, I like to start your braces without taking any teeth out. And see how things change before making the decision to remove an adult tooth.

In these cases, where it makes sense to take teeth out, it will be obvious to you and your family as well. But I almost always like to see how the teeth start to line up with the braces before that decision to take out teeth.

Everyone’s teeth and smile are different and we’re happy to see you to help guide you to the best decision for you and your smile.

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