Crowded teeth: Is it necessary to extract before Invisalign? (photo)
Doctor Answers (3)
Reluctant to Remove Teeth
Removing 4 teeth for invisalign
the arches can be expanded to correct the crowding so I do not recommend removing 4 teeth
Are extractions necessary?
Option #1: Extract a couple of teeth per arch. Then use Invisalign to align your teeth in a non-crowded manner.
Option #2: IPR (inter-proximal reduction). This is when the dentist makes each tooth skinnier by creating small spaces between them. These spaces are later closed as your crowded teeth spread out into better alignment.
Ultimately, your dentist would make the decision that he/she feels is best, so if you are wavering, it is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion by a cosmetic dentist. I actually encourage my patients to get 2nd opinions whenever they seem undecided on care. Good luck to you and I hope this helps. "Follow" me on Real Self to ask more questions.
Sarah Thompson, DMD
St. Louis, MO
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