Extraction or naw correction

Hello, I recently had an orthodontist appointment regarding to dental braces, he gave me two options, one to wear a jaw corrector since I have an overbite for six months and then put on dental braces for a year and a half, or second option, extract two fourth teeth from the upper jaw and put on the dental braces, and I don’t know that to do in this situation, I don’t like the way my profile and smile would look with my bottom jaw pulled forward, but then again, my fourths will not grow back, I asked him what the best option would be and he told me I’m a bit too old ( 15 ) for the jaw corrector but it is my decision. What do I do?

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Answer: Extraction or jaw correction

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Without seeing any dental radiographs, it is hard to determine treatment options.  However, if you are unhappy with your profile after the shifting of your jaw, then that option should be disregarded.  Orthodontics is used to correct malocclusion and restore full function to your bite, preventing long term deterioration and wear.  However, ultimately you need to be happy with the results.  If removing premolars and moving forward with your orthodontic treatment will result in an overall healthy bite and you are satisfied, I would move forward with that option.  If you are still unsure of the best option, seeking a second opinion is always an option before committing to any large dental procedure.  Remember, once your permanent teeth are removed, you cannot get them back.

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