Extractions, nervous

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clh5086
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Extractions, nervous

#1 Post by clh5086 »

Hi everyone. I’m new. This is my first post here. I’ve had ceramic braces since November and was quoted 18 months. My orthodontist and I were on the same page the whole time: that my teeth would be straight but my bite wouldn’t be perfect without extractions, but at my age, 31, it wasn’t worth it to extract so we would go for “better” not perfect.

At my last adjustment the ortho decided to revisit the idea of extractions. He said I’ve been wearing elastics for 2 months now and there won’t be much more movement. So I need to decide whether to have 3 extractions (not 4 because I had an impacted molar taken out with my wisdom teeth at age 15) or to decide that I’m happy with my teeth being straight but my bite being off. He did an updated x-ray and told me it’s completely up to me. I’d have to have the braces on another year - year and a half, at no extra cost, to close the extraction gaps.

I have a 6mm overjet. I could not afford jaw surgery and I have no insurance. I’m not happy with my overjet but I am worried about the possibility of my face sinking in or looking ugly after extractions because I’ve been reading a lot online about it. Does anyone have any advice or personal stories about extractions?

Thank you!

Nabba786r
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Re: Extractions, nervous

#2 Post by Nabba786r »

I have a 9mm overjet and my ortho has used Damon braces to correct that by widening my smile the braces will create space so the top teeth can be pulled back with elastics and bottom jaw move forward slightly I’m currently on my second week now. I did ask about extractions he advised he will only do them if really necessary

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