Tooth Removal for Orthodontics
Is teeth removal for orthodontic or braces treatment?
How many teeth need to be removed in both the jaws?
Will the teeth removal result in an ugly space between teeth?
Is teeth removal necessary for all cases?
Teeth removal is usually done only when it is needed.
What is the need for removing teeth?
Consider your teeth are forwardly placed like this and you want your teeth to be pushed back by braces treatment.
So, where is the space for teeth to be pushed?
Your jaws are completely filled with teeth and it cannot be pushed beyond your jaws.
So, teeth are removed whenever space is required to push teeth.
In some cases, the teeth may be crowded, but it will not be very forwardly placed. So, slightly bringing out all the teeth and aligning the crowding itself will correct the problem. No need to remove teeth in that case.
But during the treatment, if you feel that your teeth has to go back further, that space for taking teeth back can only be given by removing teeth.
How many teeth need to be removed?
It depends on the amount of space required.
It is usually two teeth in the upper jaw because the teeth have to be moved equally inside; otherwise the teeth will move towards one side which will cause teeth midline to shift sideward which will cause the face to look very bad.
But in the lower jaw, it can be two teeth or sometimes one tooth depending on space needed. The teeth midline shifting does not usually affect the face.
Which teeth are removed?
If it two teeth, usually the first or second premolars are removed. If it’s one tooth in lower jaw, sometimes even the front incisor can be removed.