Braces for artificial teeth
When teeth are extracted, for reasons other than orthodontic, it is advisable to get artificial replacements (denture / bridge / implant supported teeth) in place, in no later than 3 months.
However, quite often, the individual misses this deadline. Meanwhile, teeth on either side, and opposite the tooth that was extracted, start drifting into the space created. If prolonged, it ends in a situation where it becomes difficult to replace the missing teeth with an artificial one, which is normal in its size & shape. In certain extreme cases, the adjacent teeth have to bear the brunt, in the attempt to replace the missing one.
Braces help move the drifted teeth into their original positions and thus make it easy for the dentist to restore the missing tooth/teeth, without compromising the integrity of any other teeth.
This patient never had his front teeth in the lower jaw. Even his upper front teeth were disproportionate and had gaps in between. The Orthodontist could position the existing permanent teeth in their most correct positions.
As a result, all he needed were minimal build up of two teeth and a retainer on his lower jaw to substitute the missing teeth to control the tongue position, before he could decide upon implant supported teeth in that area.
This patient wanted to get the missing tooth replaced in the lower jaw. He had got one upper grinder removed, as well. One upper molar had grown into the space of the missing lower teeth, making it impossible to put a full sized artificial teeth in place. The Orthodontist could move up the upper molar and move it further forward, to almost close the remaining space.
Moving the teeth helped two fold. There was no need to put artificial teeth in the upper jaw, and an implant supported normal sized bridge could be placed to replace the missing teeth, in the lower jaw.