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Adult Orthodontics Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Too many extractions?:I had two orthodontists. My first one was actually a malpractice situation.

One of my teeth at the top right hand-side was extracted and this caused my teeth to shift to the right side, making my middle line to be off centre.

The second orthodontist extracted another tooth at the bottom side to ensure an aligned bite..but now I have a problem, my teeth is shifting to the other side.

My question is there seems to be two options now, the first is to put implants at the gaps (but im not so comfortable with this choice). Secondly, extract the other two teeth from top and bottom at left hand side to make it symmetrical.

Will this cause too much gap and can they be closed since my teeth are rather small? ... Visitor from Indonesia

I am so sorry for your orthodontic problems.

I'm afraid that you have already found out that 2 wrongs don't make a right, and I'm afraid that extracting more teeth will only cause a larger mess.

Also, you can't go on forever moving teeth and not doing harm to the teeth and/or the bone. I would look seriously at implants. I would interview many specialists and have them show you what the end result will be.

I have no idea of what dental care is like in Indonesia, but would suggest that you come to the United States for consultations if at all possible.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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