Braces can help give patients the smile of their dreams, but in some cases, the appliances themselves may not be enough to achieve a patient’s aesthetic goals.
When planning for orthodontic treatment, some patients may need to consult with an oral surgeon in addition to keeping their regular appointments with the orthodontist.
Patients with severely crowded teeth or an excess number of teeth may need to have some of those teeth extracted in order to bring the teeth into the proper alignment. Tooth extraction may also be indicated to address an overbite or to create more room to accommodate teeth that protrude from the smile.
If a surgical extraction is recommended in a patient’s case, the oral surgeon and orthodontist will collaborate on the treatment plan and the timing of the surgery and fitting of the braces.
If you still have your wisdom teeth, you may want to have those extracted prior to getting braces, too. The wisdom teeth can continue to attempt to erupt, which can knock the teeth out of alignment and ruin the results of the years you spent in braces.
Adult patients undergoing orthodontic treatment may be more likely to need to have teeth removed before the braces are placed. Their facial bones have settled and cannot be manipulated as easily as those of younger patients to accommodate all of the teeth.
If a surgical extraction is recommended in a patient’s case, the oral surgeon and orthodontist will collaborate on the treatment plan and the timing of the surgery and fitting of the braces. In most cases, the oral surgery will take place in an outpatient setting, and patients can return to their normal routines within a few days, if not sooner.
Each patient’s case is unique, and your orthodontist can advise you on any recommendations to have teeth removed or other oral surgery as part of the orthodontic treatment process.