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Invisalign System and extractions

  • Extraction of premolars or lower incisors, for example, is an option for addressing bite issues and orthodontic issues that would otherwise require surgical treatment to correct. Depending on the stage of your physical development and your specific case, your doctor will determine whether extraction is suitable for you.
  • When you have your orthodontic assessment, the treating doctor will review your tooth alignment and assess whether you have the right amount of space, excess space, or too little space (i.e. crowded teeth). In some patients, if the crowding is severe, extraction of premolars may be required for your treating doctor to properly align your teeth during treatment.
  • Some patients who ask about orthodontic treatment have concerns about their full profile (or ‘bucked teeth’). For these patients, extraction treatment can help improve their profile and reduce the protruding appearance of their front teeth. It’s recommended that you consult your doctor to get the best treatment plan for your needs.
  • If you need to have your tooth or teeth extracted as part of your Invisalign treatment, your aligner will have a “pontic”. The innovative pontic is disguised as a tooth and located where your tooth was extracted so that others won’t notice you are in treatment.
  • Extraction of premolars or lower incisors, for example, is an option for addressing bite issues and orthodontic issues that would otherwise require surgical treatment to correct. Depending on the stage of your physical development and your specific case, your doctor will determine whether extraction is suitable for you.