Preparing for orthodontic treatment with braces can sometimes involve making additional room in your mouth to accommodate your teeth. There are several ways to accomplish this. In some cases, your orthodontist might choose to extract teeth, but this is not standard procedure for orthodontic treatment.
Making Room for Crowded Teeth
One reason for treatment with braces is teeth that are crowded. As permanent teeth arrive, they lack enough room and end up overlapping or sitting at awkward angles in your mouth. Orthodontic treatment can help by shifting the position of your teeth to make sufficient room for them to straighten.
In some cases, the jaw itself is too small to accommodate all your permanent teeth. In these cases, your orthodontist will make recommendations for how to make more room in your mouth so all your teeth will have sufficient space. One way to do this is to use a palate expander. Another way is to remove existing teeth to make sufficient room. Most orthodontists would prefer to avoid extracting teeth, but in some cases it is the best option to ensure your teeth will remain properly aligned.
Deciding on Orthodontic Treatment
Before deciding on orthodontic treatment, you should discuss all the possible options with your orthodontist. He will explain the current issues with your teeth as well as the best way to correct these issues. This could involve preliminary work such as using a palate expanderr or extracting teeth, or placing spacers to prepare your teeth for braces.
Other issues to be discussed during your initial consultation can include the amount of time treatment will take, how much treatment will cost and payment options. You might also look at photographs, digital images, and molds made of your teeth that can show you what your teeth look like now and what they will look like after your treatment is complete.
If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic treatment, please contact either of our convenient locations to schedule a consultation or an appointment.
McKinney Orthodontics 972-548-8200
Creekview Orthodontics 214-547-0001