Do you think orthodontic care may be needed but are concerned that you will first require a tooth extraction? In the following educational video, dedicated Buffalo orthodontist Dr. Dominic Colarusso Jr. explains if having your teeth extracted is the best option for crowded teeth. If you are considering orthodontic care for your crowded teeth, please contact our office today to arrange a free Orthodontists Associates of WNY consultation.
In certain crowding situations, we have to consider extracting permanent teeth, and sometimes these teeth are healthy teeth. Where crowding is concerned, the orthodontist has three options: extraction, expansion, or interproximal reduction (IPR), which involves changing the shape of the teeth to create space. In the 1990s, more orthodontists started incorporating IPR into their practice. In our diagnosis and treatment planning, we try to determine how much crowding there is and how best to reduce it. We always seek stability of the result when we are considering whether to treat a case with extractions.
In our practice, the majority of cases that we treat today are non-extraction; they can be accomplished without removing permanent teeth. Because we have such a large early treatment practice, many of our child patients are managing their crowding situations at younger ages to avoid extractions. Sometimes extraction is necessary, but this depends on how much crowding there is and what the relationship between the upper and lower teeth looks like.
Orthodontists Associates of Western New York is proud to offer orthodontic treatment throughout Buffalo, Lancaster, Olean, Hamburg, Orchard Park, and Dunkirk, New York. If you have questions about tooth extraction for yourself or a loved one, please contact us today to arrange your free Orthodontists Associates of WNY consultation. We will explain your options and formulate a customized treatment plan specifically catered to your dental needs.