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Do I qualify for Braces? I have all my wisdom teeth and recently the dentist told me I had two extra teeth on top. He suggested that all six teeth be extracted.

I have already had 3 & 15 extacted. Teeth 17, 18, 30 & 32 need to be extracted.

I would like to know can I get braces to correct my bite and close my gaps from my missing molars or have I lost too many back teeth for braces? ....Visitor from AL

No, you have not lost too many teeth to have braces.

However, it is very difficult to close the space from missing molars (in your case, #3 and #15).

I would suggest braces and maintain the space from the extracted molars by replacing them with implants and crowns.

I also recommend that you talk with your general dentist to determine if the molars could be saved by endodontically treating the teeth with root canals and restoring them with crowns. That would eliminate the cost of replacing those teeth with implants.

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