Teeth Removed for Braces in 2020 | AMAZING NEW FACT SHEET

If you have ever had to have a tooth pulled for any reason, you already know why so many orthodontic patients are keen to avoid this experience in their treatment! In fact, this is one of the first questions many nervous new orthodontic patients have. “Will I have to have any teeth pulled?” The moment they ask this question, it is easy to see they are hoping to hear a resounding, “No!” In this article, let’s take a closer look at the alternatives to having teeth removed. Let’s get cracking.


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People also ask

  1. Is there an alternative to tooth extraction?
  2. Is it better to remove teeth for braces?
  3. Do teeth realign after extraction?
  4. Which teeth are removed for braces?


An Intro to Having Teeth Removed

But the truth tends to fall somewhere in between. A variety of factors can influence the best alternative options, including the patient’s age, the degree of tooth overcrowding, other issues (such as bite asymmetry) that need may need attention, whether dental surgery is an option and similar considerations. The following list is one of treatments that means avoiding extraction.


The Damon System of Braces?

  • One of the most popular new types of orthodontic treatment is called The Damon System. This system has a proven ability to deliver optimal results in shorter treatment times with no need for extraction.
  • The Damon System can be applied with traditional metal or clear hardware with optional colors for young patients who wish it. This lightweight, yet powerful, system is simple and streamlined to minimize discomfort and treatment duration.


The Invisalign System of Aligners?

  • The Invisalign System offers a complete alternative to the use of braces for orthodontic treatment. Instead of metal or clear hardware, Invisalign turns to a series of clear aligners that are similar to mouth guards or retainers. They are slim, lightweight, fully removable for cleaning or special occasions and easy to use.
  • Invisalign is available for teen and adult patients. Except in cases where there is damage to a tooth that makes it unsalvageable (such as severe decay) or in situations of extreme tooth overcrowding at a later age, Invisalign typically minimizes the need for extraction where possible.
  • Similar to how the Damon System works, Invisalign aligners can actually help to expand the jaw. By placing pressure strategically on the jaw and tooth system itself, the aligners can help encourage the jaw to grow new bone and thus make room for teeth affected by overcrowding. This can eliminate the need to extract any teeth.


Tooth Slimming?

  • Tooth slimming is another orthodontic technique that can help to minimize or avoid the need for having teeth removed. Sometimes, the reason why teeth are crowded in the mouth has to do with jaw size, and sometimes it has more to do with tooth size.
  • In the cases where teeth width is contributing to overcrowding, it is often possible to slim down the responsible teeth by shaving minimal portions from each side. This can give all teeth more room to grow in comfortably without having to extract any teeth.
  • What is most important to understand about this is that tooth slimming typically occurs over time as a necessary event anyway as the patient ages. Just the process of chewing, brushing, flossing and other activities will cause the type of tooth friction that can aid in slimming.
  • But sometimes natural slimming is still not enough or there isn’t an option to wait until it happens naturally and still achieve orthodontic results. In these cases, manual tooth slimming is a good second choice to avoid tooth extraction and is a healthy procedure within the dentistry


Palate Expander?

  • For younger patients (aged 16 or younger), a palate expander can often provide a smooth path to avoid tooth extraction. The palate expander works to widen the palate before it hardens into place (which commonly happens around age 16). This makes room for teeth to grow in without as much risk of overcrowding.

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Dental Surgery

  • For patients who are quite averse to tooth extraction regardless of need, sometimes dental surgery can achieve the same results. Dental surgery is, of course, invasive in a different way, but it also avoids some of the unknowns that extracting a tooth can create. A dentist may also advise alternatives in dental care.
  • In most cases, dental surgery will have one of two aims: to either move the top row of teeth back in the mouth or to move the bottom row of teeth forward. Root canal, dental implants, wisdom teeth are all possible methods of dental extractions.


Temporary Anchoring Device (TAD)?

  • Finally, the TAD is yet another option to potentially bypass tooth extraction. This technique secures one or more critical teeth in place using a small implant under the gemlike.
  • With the help of these implants, it becomes easier to control jaw alignment and ease overcrowding issues into adulthood.



Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

Dr. Jasmine Gorton, Dr. Bill Schmohl and Dr. Sona Bekmezian are the team behind the “WOW Smile” that Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics has become known for. As a Top 1% Provider (Aligntech) and #1 Marin Country Orthodontic practice, Drs. Gorton, Schmohl, and Bekmezian focus on so much more than just your appearance goals. They bring to bear the very latest in cutting-edge orthodontic technology in identifying how to deliver optimal oral health and a white, straight smile with the least treatment time and cost.

All three professional orthodontists are board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. As a team, they are each and all together innovators who are active on the front lines of research, as well as teaching and mentoring the next generation of orthodontic practitioners and giving back to the community. Having teeth removed need not happen with this team.



In Marin County, Calif., you can visit Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics to have an examination and treatment from these professionals:

An orthodontist will address orthodontic options to consider with you to repair problems such as crowded teeth, crossbites or overbites. Depending on your malocclusions, you can undergo one of these treatments:

  • Retainers
  • Invisalign
  • WildSmiles
  • Braces with colors
  • Traditional or Damon Clear

We also offer WowSmiles and Acceledent options to our orthodontic patients. To schedule an appointment, call 415-459-8006 today.

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Teeth Removed for Braces in 2020 | AMAZING NEW FACT SHEET