My boyfriend and I can’t come to an agreement. I have a tooth on the top next to my front one that is turned sideways and is behind the others. I think the easiest and cheapest way to fix it is to just pull the tooth. My boyfriend doesn’t think that’s a good idea and is pushing me to get braces. Should I pull it or fix it?
Jamie in El Paso
Most dentists agree that extracting, or pulling, a tooth, unless it is necessary, is not the best option to correct a smile, especially not one tooth. It not only can throw off the symmetry of the teeth in your mouth with an uneven number, but it also may cause shifting of the teeth.
When there is an open area created, your teeth have a tendency to move and fill the space.
Options to fix a crooked tooth
As your boyfriend mentioned, you have other options. Braces, including Invisalign, would work to help with that crooked teeth. Traditional braces have a good track record for fixing crooked teeth. Invisalign is also an option as it is often quicker than traditional braces and there are no wires or brackets. They use aligning trays that are traded out periodically that gradually straighten the teeth.
Although they weren’t on your list, porcelain veneers are also an option. They are thin pieces of porcelain that are carefully made by a ceramist to match the color and shape of your teeth. They could be fitted over your front teeth to cover the crooked tooth. Your teeth would look natural if they were done by the right dentist.
The best place to start is at a cosmetic dentist’s office. You could get a better idea of all your options and prices.
This post is sponsored by Dr. Cummiskey at Generations Dental Care in Enfield, CT.