A tooth next to a dental mirror against a blue background after being extracted before braces

Why Would My Child Need an Extraction Before Braces?

May 24, 2021 10:33 pm

Braces and other orthodontic treatments are carefully designed to shift the teeth around and address issues with tooth alignment and bite. Because straighter teeth are easier to clean, they will decrease your child’s risk of tooth decay and gum disease. They will also improve your child’s self-confidence.

Though uncommon, a tooth extraction may be necessary prior to braces treatment to give the teeth room to move. For example, if your child has a stubborn baby tooth that won’t fall out or an adult tooth that is too large to fit in the mouth. A natural tooth is generally kept unless the smile can’t be straightened without its removal. Wisdom teeth are frequently removed to prevent issues with overcrowding, though this usually occurs long after orthodontic treatment is finished.

The Tooth Extraction Process

If we recommend a tooth extraction for efficient orthodontic treatment or for the health of your child’s smile, we will thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of the treatment and what to expect. Your child will be given time to heal post-extraction before any additional treatment.

Orthodontics for Kids, Teens & Adults

Orthodontic treatment can begin as early as 7 years old. We offer interceptive orthodontics, metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign®. We also offer comprehensive pediatric dental services, including: routine cleanings and checkups, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, space maintainers sports mouthguards, dental sedation, emergency dentistry, tooth-colored fillings, crowns, and baby root canals.

More Questions? We Have Answers!

If your child needs a tooth extraction before braces or for any other reason, our team will do all we can to make their treatment as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our office has a play area, toys, books, magazines, TVs, movies, video games, cozy blankets, a treasure chest of prizes, and refreshments in the lobby. To set up an orthodontic consultation, contact us today!

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