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Orthodontics Ask The Orthodontist Edward Leventhal Question:
Extract 4 Teeth to Fix Overbite? I was just at the dentist with my daughter and she told me that I really have to consider pulling 4 teeth from my daughter because her overbite is bad.

This way (she already has braces on) they could close up the space and correct the overbite better.
I truly don't understand this and don't know who to turn to to find out if this doctor is looking out for the best interest of my daughter or trying to make additional money on her.

Can you please give me some advice and let me know if you ever heard of this sort of treatment before. It would be two teeth from the top and two from the bottom. ...Visitor from NJ

Answer:
I firmly disagree with extracting any sound teeth for orthodontic purposes (except wisdom teeth).

With proper tooth movement, teeth can be placed into an ideal occlusion without extracting four bicuspids as your dentist appears to be suggesting.

The smile achieved with all teeth present is far superior to that reduced smile through removal of teeth.

I am confident you can find a dentist who will provide your child with an excellent occlusion and smile in your area if your present dentist lacks the skill to correct your child's malocclusion without extracting teeth.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300

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