Calgary Orthodontists work hard to develop treatment plans that correct a patient’s malocclusion with as little surgical intervention as is possible. Sometimes, depending on a person’s bite, an orthodontist has to recommend that teeth be extracted in order to positively improve teeth and jaw alignment. As much as no one relishes the thought of having a tooth, or teeth, extracted – it’s important to stay focused on the bigger goal and understand that tooth extraction can be a vital step in a successful orthodontic case.
Dr. Cory Liss is a Calgary and Airdrie Orthodontist who explains that often teeth need to be removed so that remaining teeth can be moved in to better positions and room can be developed in the dental arches. Imagine trying to rearrange furniture in a room when there isn’t enough room for all the pieces to begin with – something has to go to create space for important pieces to fit. During treatment diagnosis an orthodontist is able to predict if lack of space and crowding will be an issue. Using 3D imaging and understanding growth phases and patterns – a Certified Orthodontist can anticipate facial growth deficiencies and potential bite issues – and treatment plan accordingly. On occasion a treatment plan will involve removing specific teeth to address the larger bite issues at play.
It’s important to consult with a Certified Orthodontist if tooth extraction has been recommended – as through their extensive training they are able to fully explain the pros and cons of removing teeth and how it will impact someone’s appearance. Consulting with a Calgary Orthodontist is especially beneficial when discussing extractions in young patients – often this is completed without enough consideration being given to the child’s long-term dental health and jaw development – so a second opinion to confirm the need for tooth extraction is never a bad idea.
Cory Liss Orthodontics concentrates on developing treatment plans and using proven orthodontic technology that reduces the need for tooth extraction however; some dental bites can’t be fixed by braces alone – in which case Dr. Liss works closely with General Dentists and Oral Surgeons in Calgary to ensure that teeth are removed at the appropriate time and with as little discomfort as possible. If you would like more information regarding tooth extraction during orthodontic treatment or feel that you would benefit from an orthodontic consultation – contact Cory Liss Orthodontics today – no referral required 403.287.0746