Flaring of the front teeth, otherwise referred to as maxillary anterior labial flaring, can occur in adults for various reasons. The reasons include crowding, narrow arch, bone support loss, bite composition, and more. The most common reason we see anterior flare in adult teeth is because of a lack of room. Once the teeth are straightened and the bite is corrected, if there is not enough room in the mouth/bite, there is no where for the teeth to go, so they flare out. Typically, there are three common ways to treat this. The first is a no extraction treatment. Meaning, the orthodontist can mask and reduce the maxillary anterior labial flare with braces or invisalign, and inter-proximal reduction to pull the front teeth back as much. However, the flare would still exist-creating an aesthetic compromise. The second way to treat flaring would be a two first bicuspid extraction. This is where both upper teeth directly behind your canines would be extracted to allow the front anterior teeth to be pulled back- greatly reducing the anterior flare. The third treatment option would be a four bicuspid extraction. In other words, all four first premolars world be extracted to eliminate the anterior flare -achieving an ideal aesthetic smile and functional bite.

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