11th March 2021

3 Things to Know About Removing Teeth for Braces

Getting braces can be a worry for some people. As the initial process involves quite a lot of time in the dentist’s chair in the first few months, this can deter some patients. If your dentist or orthodontist has recommended having some teeth removed prior to getting your braces, then this can also cause some dental-related anxiety. However, removing teeth for braces is quite a common and straightforward procedure and is sometimes recommended for patients who have overcrowding on their top or bottom jaw.

A tooth extraction is usually carried out by a dentist and is a relatively quick procedure that is completed in the weeks prior to getting your braces fitted. If your dentist has recommended that you will need a tooth or two removed before getting braces, here are 3 things to know about removing teeth for braces.

Do I Need to Have Teeth Removed to Get Braces?

The first time you visit us, our orthodontics team will examine your teeth, mouth and gums and have a discussion with you about what it is you want to achieve. We will also take some X-rays of your teeth and decide whether removing teeth for braces is the best option for you and the results you want to see.

It may be that teeth extraction isn’t necessary, but your dentist might suggest having one or two teeth removed depending on the overall condition and health of your teeth. It may be that there isn’t enough room in your mouth for our Invisalign or Quick Straight Teeth treatments, or that one of your teeth is damaged beyond repair. Rest assured that there is always a reason as to why when it comes to removing teeth for braces and this step is carefully considered by your dentist to help you to achieve the best results.

What are the Benefits of Removing Teeth For Braces?

There are many benefits when it comes to removing teeth for braces if you have preexisting dental problems which may affect the quality of your final results. One of the main benefits is creating more room for your orthodontist to work with when it comes to getting your teeth into the right positions. Removing teeth for braces may also reduce your treatment time and help you to achieve your desired results in a quicker time frame, but this is something our team of dentists will discuss with you during your consultation and treatment.

By removing teeth for braces, this may also open up the different types of braces you can have for your treatment. Braces have come a long way in recent years thanks to revolutionary orthodontic treatments and there are now a few different options available depending on your desired results and lifestyle. Traditional braces are still an option and use a metal bracket and wire, but if you are having your teeth straightened as an adult, then you will likely want an option that is more discreet.

Here at Dental Solutions, we have the option of Invisalign braces, which use virtually invisible aligners to straighten teeth, and Quick Straight Teeth, which is a short-term orthodontic procedure that uses either clear aligners or clear ceramic braces.

Are There Alternatives to Removing Teeth For Braces?

Our dentists won’t recommend removing teeth for braces unless it is the best option for you and your chosen treatment. There are a few alternative techniques available, but this may either take a longer period of time to see results or could impact your final look once the treatment is finished. If you would prefer to avoid removing teeth for braces, then we can of course discuss this with you during your consultation and treatment plan.

Overall, some people will find that they need teeth removed prior to their teeth straightening treatment and we understand that this can cause concern or anxiety. Removing teeth for braces is a quick, painless and straightforward procedure that simply makes room for the rest of your teeth to straighten and move during your braces treatment.

If you would like more information on our teeth straightening treatments, or if you have any questions you would like to ask our team of expert orthodontists, please contact us today or arrange your free 30-minute consultation.

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