Should I get teeth extracted, or do I keep them?
March 4, 2013 10:56 AM Subscribe
My orthodontist wants me to get rid of 4 premolar teeth before giving me braces. Googling tells me this is very common, but is it just an easy fix for them, or really a basic part of the process?
posted by CrazyLemonade to health & fitness (34 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I went to a consult with an orthodontist because I want to fix a tooth that is beginning to get crooked on my bottom front teeth. The doctor focused more on my upper teeth, as they have a sort of elevated angle where instead of pointing straight down, they go a bit forward. It has never bothered me and otherwise my teeth are OK. It's an aesthetic issue and I agree that they would look much better after treatment.
The doctor tells me that I need braces to correct the angle of my teeth, but that there's "no room" for them to move and suggests I get 2 premolar teeth from the top and 2 from the bottom removed. I'm apprehensive about this, as I'm quite a bit attached to my teeth! The procedure seems normal enough, but is it the "easy fix" for orthodontists? If I get a second opinion would I get the same answer or should I keep looking for a doctor with a different approach? I wouldn't want to waste more time and money on studies and consults with other doctors only to end up with the same result. If it matters, this is one of the top orthodontists in my city, with a good reputation.