My Son’s Dentist Told Him He Would Need To Have Teeth Extracted To Have Braces. Is This Normal?


Hello Dr Moore. My son is 14 years old. He had some protrusion in his front upper teeth. Last year I consulted our dentist for correcting the fault and they suggested that in order to do this they would need to remove one front upper tooth on either side and create a gap for the protruding teeth to be corrected. But I worry this could affect his confidence and possibly his eyes. Is this possible? Could you please suggest to me the right method of correcting the teeth which protrude, keeping my son’s age in mind? Thanking you.

Hello and thank you for your enquiry. Removal of the teeth will not affect his eyes; this is something that dentists and orthodontists carry out every day. This method of treatment would ideally be the most suitable as it would be covered by the NHS. Before the age of 16 he would qualify for braces treatment through the NHS, whereas more invasive cosmetic treatment such as veneers which would cost more. I hope this helps you. Best wishes, Dr Andrew Moore.
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