Negative consequences of orthodontic extractions

Lack of space in the dental arches is a daily problem faced by orthodontists. One of the most popular solutions to this problem is the extraction of one or two teeth in one or in both jaws.

Despite the fact that the extractions immediately create more space, they can lead to negative outcomes that are frequently ignored.

Very few orthodontists tell their patients about the potential complications related to the extraction of permanent teeth for traditional orthodontic treatment. Below you can check all the reasons why you should not get your teeth extracted.


Less support for the upper lip. As the teeth are pulled back after the extractions, the facial profile becomes less attractive (flat face, flat cheeks, nose sticking out), which can result in wrinkles and lines and overall aged appearance.

Less space for the tongue. The arches become smaller, forcing the tongue to take a backward position, leading to blockage of the throat (airway), snoring and increased risk for mouth breathing. Breathing through the mouth is very bad for oral and general health.

Higher risk for sleep apnea. With the restricted space, the tongue fully relaxes during deep sleep, blocking the entrance of air and leading to interrupted sleep due to poor breathing. With low oxygen intake and chronic sleep deprivation, there is more risk for hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.

Higher risk for chronic pain and functional issues. In retracted arches, tongue can end up on top of the lower teeth; this can create and worsen bite issues that can lead to migraines, headaches, neck aches, ear problems, problems in the jaw joints, limited opening of the mouth, sinus issues, posture problems, etc.



Through medical orthodontics, the space of the extracted teeth can be reopened to expand the arches, increase airway and tongue space, solving all breathing and space issues and increasing overall balance in the mouth, wellbeing and life quality.

This can be done through clear aligner therapy, an innovative approach that makes treatment more convenient through 3D printing technology. Thin clear devices are used on a daily basis to promote the necessary changes to open the spaces. With the advantage of being removable and discrete, cleaning your teeth, enjoying a meal and socializing are not affected by the orthodontic treatment.

After opening the spaces, it is necessary to place implants to fill up the gaps, restore function and cosmetics.

Extraction of permanent teeth due to traditional orthodontic treatment can result in serious health problems. Ideally, it should be prevented in first place; however, if the damage has already been done, it can be treated through medical orthodontics.