Is there any way to open missing molar gaps to make room for implants with partial (molars only) braces?
Doctor Answers 1
Congratulations on making a decision to take replace those missing teeth.
It is difficult to open up the gaps for future implants with orthodontic bands only on the molars. We usually have to use all the teeth to upright molars because of the nature of the roots and the size of molars.
Orthodontic bands and finger springs or coils have been used to hold molar spaces or slight uprighting for young children as the teeth are erupting and developing but unfortunately they don't work quite as well for adults
Without seeing your exact case it's hard to say, but there may be other options that you may want to discuss with your dentist that may be an alternative to full braces