Extraction Therapy Vs. Non-extraction Therapy

Did you know there is more than one way to help enhance your smile? You might need a periodontist to help you improve the health of your gums before treatment can begin. When treatment is over, you might need a prosthodontist to make cosmetic finishing touches to your smile. Other patients might need extraction therapy, which is what we are going to focus on today! Unfortunately, extraction therapy is one of the many reasons people don’t like seeing oral healthcare professionals because they think it is super scary and painful, which isn’t the case! Though the need for this treatment is rare, Central Massachusetts Orthodontic Associates would still like to educate their patients on what extraction therapy is vs. non-extraction therapy to encourage them to get the treatment they need for the smile they want.

What Is Extraction Therapy?

Extraction therapy is a treatment that involves removing certain teeth to create more space in your mouth. We can see how this might sound daunting, but it’s a common practice and a game-changer for those grappling with overcrowding or severe misalignment. For instance, it can create room for your teeth to align correctly, leading to a more attractive smile. It can also help alleviate specific oral health issues related to malocclusion.

As for the pain, a strong local anesthetic keeps you from feeling a thing! You might feel a bit sore after, but your dentist or oral surgeon will provide ways to relieve that discomfort! In as little as a few weeks, you’ll be good as new and ready for the next stage of treatment!

What Is Non-Extraction Therapy?

Non-extraction therapy aims to correct dental misalignments and overcrowding without removing any teeth. It’s less invasive than extraction therapy and can lead to shorter treatment times. The effectiveness of non-extraction therapy depends on several factors, including the amount of space in your mouth and the degree of misalignment. Sometimes, extraction therapy is the best way to obtain the results you are looking for.

Central Massachusetts Orthodontic Associates educates patients on what extraction therapy is vs. non-extraction therapy treatment.

Other Treatment Options

Whether you need extraction therapy or not to enhance the alignment of your smile, you will likely find yourself in fixed or removable braces at some point in your alignment improvement journey. Braces apply gentle pressure to or pull the teeth into the places they need to be for the best health and aesthetics. Let’s check out some options we offer at Central Massachusetts Orthodontic Associates!

Traditional Metal Braces

Braces, particularly metal braces, are a classic and highly effective orthodontic treatment that has stood the test of time. They are the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics and have a proven track record because they are a versatile and reliable treatment option that can address many orthodontic issues, from simple misalignments to more complex bite problems. 

So, how do braces work? The system is composed of several vital components. The brackets, made from a durable mix of stainless steel and nickel, are attached directly to your teeth using a special dental glue. A thin metal wire is shaped and curved by one of our talented orthodontists and then threaded through the brackets to guide your teeth in the right direction. This wire connects all your upper or lower teeth together. Applying extra pressure on the teeth or jaws, elastics, or rubber bands aids in bite correction in some cases.

Modern, Clean, Clear Braces

Clear braces, or ceramic or tooth-colored braces, offer a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces. Clear braces use nearly invisible, tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic brackets that blend in with the teeth, delivering a subtle and aesthetically pleasing option for orthodontic treatment.

Despite their delicate appearance, clear braces are robust and effective. While they may require more minor adjustments and a bit more care than metal braces, they can achieve equally impressive results in most cases. So, if you’re looking for a discreet yet powerful way to perfect your smile, clear braces could be your ideal companion on your orthodontic journey.


Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment offering a modern, virtually invisible way to straighten teeth. This system uses a series of custom-made, clear acrylic aligners that fit snugly over your teeth, gradually guiding them into their ideal positions.

One of the standout features of Invisalign is its convenience. The aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss easily. This flexibility in wear means that unlike with fixed braces, where you have to change your diet and oral hygiene routine, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods and maintain your oral hygiene routine without any extra hassle.

The Invisalign process involves wearing your aligners for about 22 hours daily, changing to a new set in the series approximately every two weeks. The total treatment time typically ranges from 9 to 15 months, depending on your needs.

Central Massachusetts Orthodontic Associates educates patients on what extraction therapy is vs. non-extraction therapy treatment.

Let Central Massachusetts Orthodontic Associates Help You Build The Best Treatment Plan For You!

Remember, every smile is unique, and what works best for one person might not be the ideal solution for another. That’s why it’s crucial to thoroughly consult your orthodontist to determine the most suitable treatment plan for your specific needs. Call us or click here to schedule a consultation at one of our three convenient locations in Worcester, Auburn, or Spencer offices. At your appointment, Dr. Livanos or Dr. Giarrusso will create a personalized treatment plan for you and let you know what is necessary to achieve the smile of your dreams. They’ll let you know the next steps you need to take and even refer you to a specialist if necessary. We’re excited to show you what orthodontics can do for you, so see us soon!