Extraction Therapy vs. Non-Extraction Therapy

Think about the last time you attended an event with a huge crowd. A basketball game, perhaps. A concert at an amphitheater. Or maybe you laughed at your favorite standup comic. Was the place packed with people? Like, so tight you could hardly breathe? Believe it or not, your teeth can do that too. They can become so crowded in your mouth that it hurts. But folks in Huntington and Woodbury usually come to Shiney Smiles Orthodontics for those kinds of problems. Dr. Sheinis is a huge sports fan. He’s dealt with crowded arenas and crowded teeth (terrible joke, but we had to). Two methods he uses are extraction therapy and non-extraction therapy. What are those? And how can they help you?

Extraction and Non-extraction At A Glance

Orthodontic treatments often involve making important decisions, like opting for extraction or non-extraction therapy. Let’s break these terms down for a better understanding.

Extraction therapy involves removing certain teeth to create more space in your mouth. Imagine trying to fit too many books on a small bookshelf – sometimes, the only solution is to remove a few books to make room for the rest. This is often necessary when severe crowding or if your teeth are seriously misaligned. However, it’s important to remember that tooth extraction is a surgical procedure and carries some recovery time.

On the flip side, non-extraction therapy aims to correct dental issues without removing teeth. It’s like adjusting the shelves to make room for all the books. This approach uses orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, to gradually move teeth into better positions. It’s a less invasive option but needs careful planning and consistency.

Orthodontic treatments often involve making important decisions, like opting for extraction or non-extraction therapy. Let's break these terms down for a better understanding.

How The Doctor Decides Which Is Best For You

Choosing between extraction and non-extraction therapy is a lot like solving a puzzle; every piece must fit perfectly for the best result. Our expert orthodontist, Dr. Sheinis, carefully considers several factors before making this decision. If you didn’t know, Dr. Sheinis is a board-certified orthodontist. Why does that matter to you? Roughly 1% of all orthodontists are board-certified. So that means that at Shiney Smiles, you’re getting elite-level care!

First, the doctor examines the condition of your teeth. Extraction therapy might be the most effective solution for severe crowding or substantial misalignment. On the other hand, if your issues are moderate, non-extraction therapy using braces or aligners might suffice.

Secondly, he assesses your overall oral health. For example, if you have an unhealthy tooth that appears likely to cause problems in the future, extracting it as part of the orthodontic treatment plan might be more beneficial.

Lastly, Dr. Sheinis looks at the size of your jaw. He compares it with the size and position of your teeth. If the jaw is too small to accommodate all your teeth comfortably, an extraction might be necessary to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile.

However, it’s not just about clinical considerations. Dr. Sheinis also considers your lifestyle, personal preferences, and concerns. We understand that everyone is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. So, our treatment plans are designed to match your needs, always aiming for the highest level of comfort and the best outcome.


Common Patient Concerns

Do you have questions about extraction and non-extraction therapy? We understand! We would too. Here are some of the questions we most often hear about these treatments.

Does extraction therapy hurt?

Might the thought of removing your teeth send shivers down your spine? We totally get that! Our team will put you under anesthesia. So you won’t be awake during the process. Another advantage is that you won’t feel any pain. Grab some OTC pain relievers to help with pain management afterward.

How long does non-extraction therapy take?

The duration of non-extraction therapy varies depending on the severity of the crowding or misalignment. On average, it can take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. Regular check-ups with our doctor will ensure your treatment is progressing as expected.

Will extraction change the shape of my face?

Extraction can lead to subtle changes in facial aesthetics, which are generally nothing to worry about. The goal of any orthodontic treatment, including extraction, is to enhance your smile and facial balance.

Can I choose between extraction and non-extraction therapy?

While patient preferences are important, the choice between extraction and non-extraction therapy is primarily a clinical decision based on the condition of your teeth, the extent of misalignment, and overall oral health. Dr. Sheinis will discuss all viable options with you, ensuring you are involved in decision-making. 

What’s the recovery time for extraction therapy?

Recovery time varies among patients, but typically, it can take a few days to a week for the extraction site to heal completely. Our doctor will provide personalized advice to help manage your recovery and ensure a comfortable healing process. 

Remember, if you have any more questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our team at Shiney Smiles Orthodontics. We’re here to guide you on your journey to a perfect smile. Drop us a line anytime!

Orthodontic treatments often involve making important decisions, like opting for extraction or non-extraction therapy. Let's break these terms down for a better understanding.

At Shiny Smiles Orthodontics, You Have Options

Dr. Sheinis never approaches the same problem the exact same way. Your smile isn’t the same as our next patient’s smile. You have your own life; you make your own choices. There are dozens of tiny nuances about you. They’re what make you, you. Your teeth are no different. Why does that matter? Because at Shiney Smiles Orthodontics, we don’t upsell you treatment plans. Instead, our Huntington and Woodbury team uses our expertise to give you the best smiles around. Chances are, some of your neighbors are our patients! Visit us here to schedule a free consultation and find out why.