I went to the orthodontist for my first appointment to get braces to correct crowding, and he told me I needed to get 4 teeth extracted. I recently had my wisdom teeth removed. Is this normal to need teeth extracted to have braces? I'm 31 years old and never had braces.
Yeah, I just had 2 teeth pulled after having my braces for 2 months. The original plan was to have 4 teeth pulled, but we're going to see if we can keep the other 2. So you may not need all of them pulled, but obviously it depends on the situation.
I would get other opinions. There seems to be some disagreement even among dentists and orthos about removing teeth, especially pre-molars or bicuspids. From a cosmetic or aesthetic point of view it may be recommended yet from an orthopedic point of view you could be creating or promoting a very narrow anterior maxillary arch and changing the position of the temporal bones which has been determined by some studies (although I am not so sure how scientific and/or controlled they were) to cause tmj issues years later.
I had braces in my early to mid 20's to correct upper front teeth that had been pushed in from 2 different childhood accidents. Although things seemed fine and I was comfortable with my bite and straighter teeth I did eventually develop muscular tmj - well it took 20 years - but now that I am dealing with it - I wish I had done more research into it before I went with the braces - not so much the braces - but removing the teeth part - since now it seems there may have been a reason for those teeth with regards to my skeletal structure. Its funny - most dentists often go to extreme lengths to save a tooth yet when it comes to braces removing some (perfectly good teeth I might add) is the first thing orthos recommend - think about it, OK?
Last edited by Thelma-Louise; 07-23-2008 at 05:18 PM.