• June 1, 2018

Last month, we celebrated Mother’s Day. Later this month we will be celebrating our fathers. As parents, you would probably agree with us that nothing is better than seeing your kids smile.

That’s also the reason so many people bring their daughters and sons to our office for orthodontic care. Braces can give your kids’ smiles they’ll be happy to share with you for decades still to come.

But sometimes teeth can be an obstacle to orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, we also can handle tooth extractions at Brandon Family Dental in Ortonville, MI.

We can be your one-stop shop to create amazing smiles and to keep those smiles looking their best with preventive care. To schedule an orthodontic consultation for your teen (or yourself), call us today at (248) 469-0218.

When It’s Better to Remove Teeth

A vast majority of the time, we are in the business of helping patients keep as many of their teeth for as long as possible.

But there are exceptions. Severely infected teeth and impacted wisdom teeth are both instances when teeth extractions are a good idea for the sake of your long-term oral health.

And removing teeth is sometimes a good decision before someone begins wearing braces. Why is this? There are few reasons this may be necessary.

Occasionally, a primary tooth doesn’t fall out when it should. This can prevent a permanent tooth from erupting or cause that tooth to erupt behind the primary tooth. In this instance, removing the primary tooth is necessary for a patient’s smile to take its proper shape.

Excessive crowding can be an issue as well. For better or worse, some people have smaller jaws than others. In those situations, their full set of teeth may not be able to erupt without pressing into one another. By removing a few teeth, it will be possible to move the remaining teeth into an attractive and healthy alignment.

Another reason to remove a tooth is when it is so out of alignment that it would make orthodontic care excessively complicated. Extracting that tooth can simplify treatment and significantly reduce the time needed to straighten a smile.

Ready. Set. Straighten!

When your son or daughter is ready to begin wearing braces or aligners, we have two excellent options.

Traditional braces use a combination of brackets, wires, and (sometimes) small rubber bands. Working together, these pieces will push and pull your teen’s teeth in the right directions to create smiles with straight teeth and even spacing between them.

Invisalign® is a more recent innovation in orthodontic care. Instead of brackets and wires, your son or daughter could wear a series of clear aligners. This is a more discreet option than traditional braces, and it’s proven to be effective for patients with mild to moderate alignment problems.

Talk To Us About How We Can Help

You want your children to be as happy and healthy as possible. We share that goal, and we may be able to help with tooth extractions, orthodontic options, or both.

The first step is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Harrell. To do this, start by calling (248) 469-0218 or filling out our online form.