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Orthodontics Ask The Orthodontist Ara Nazarian Question:
Tooth extraction to relieve crowding: I am 19 years old and about 10 months ago I had a front lower tooth removed to fix a crowding problem.

I just got my braces off, which were only on my bottom teeth. I had an upper retainer. Now it seems that my upper teeth are sticking out from my lowers.

Did I make a mistake by getting the tooth extracted? ...Visitor from PA

In order to gain space in crowding situations, many dentists remove teeth.

It is important to wear your retainer as instructed by your orthodontist.

If your concerns are about your bite, I would suggest you talk to your orthodontist. Since orthodontics takes some time and there are multiple visits to your dentist, it would have been better for you to tell him/her before debanding then now.

However, I am sure he/she will listen to your needs.

A Nazarian, DDS

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