How would removing healthy bicuspids affect my bite? (photo)

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When patients come to visit me for an orthodontic consultation, one of the most common questions is, “Must I have extraction?” While not all patients require extraction for the orthodontic treatment, sometimes it is unavoidable.

The purpose of extraction is to:

  • Make sufficient space to correct crowding of teeth,
  • Placing teeth in the most ideal position in the dental arch in order to improve the facial profile
  • Improve bite.

I understand that there is a moderate degree of crowding for your upper and lower teeth. As a result, teeth are not in good alignment and the upper and lower teeth are not biting in the optimal position against each other. The removal of bicuspid will be able to provide sufficient space for your orthodontist to align your teeth and correct the biting relationship of your teeth.

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