Do I need a brace? X-Ray included

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    HopeG

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    I had an angled wisdom tooth removed from top left but not before it had pushed the teeth on the opposite side. My top right tooth is now very tight for gum space.

    Also on the bottom two of my teeth crossed, leaving me with a low gum on one of the teeth, exposing a little root at the front.

    A dentist has suggested one year of braces to correct these things and I would be fascinated to hear your opinions on whether it's worth while or the correct course of action?

    Many Thanks for your attention

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    I feel some sensitivity from the roots touching on the top right as pushed together. Perhaps just have top right tooth removed?
     
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    MattKW Verified Dentist

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    The wisdom tooth would have had no effect on your occlusion whatsoever.
    But I see that you are missing the upper and lower left 2nd premolars. On your right side, the upper 2nd premolar is missing. This has either been congenital, or you've had them extracted. Hence, your occlusion is a bit imbalanced.
    If you want to fix your crooked teeth, talk to a specialist orthodontist. Don't let a dentist touch this already compromised mouth. And don't extract any more molars - that's madness.
     
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    Thank you Matt. I had those teeth removed at 11 when fitted with a brace

    I don't mind about them being crooked cosmetically, just worried the teeth's health will degenerate because of the crossing at the bottom and the roots touching a little at the top

    You think it's ok to leave this all alone or i would have healthier teeth after an orthodontist? no cosmetic concerns

    Thank you
     
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    MattKW Verified Dentist

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    As you have probably found out, the only way to keep teeth perfectly aligned after braces is to wear retainers for the rest of your life. It doesn't matter if your teeth are a bit crossed, just a bit harder to clean, but flossing is all you need. I wouldn't suggest rebracing.
     
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    Thanks again Matt, if you have a bitcoin address i'll send you a tip else a fancy lunch if you ever pass through Guadalajara. I figured the mexican dentists just wanted a years work doing my braces.... Cheers for your advice Matt!
     
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