Go for braces or not? Female, 21 y/o. (photos)
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Extractions Needed for Braces?
You absolutely DO NOT need to extract teeth before braces. You have a beautiful smile that could be made even more beautiful with a little arch development. Your "gummy smile" is the result of an underdeveloped upper dental arch. This underdeveloped dental arch can also cause sleep breathing problems.
If you were to extract teeth your "gummy smile" would not be corrected at all, you would have a much more narrow smile with black triangles in the corners of your mouth, your upper lip would become even smaller than it already is and your nose will look bigger.
Find a doctor who understands epigenetic orthodontics and leave your teeth in your mouth where they belong.
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