Do you have more trouble breathing after extractions or braces? You aren’t alone. An estimated 50% of orthodontic patients have their premolars extracted as part of orthodontic treatment. Many patients believe these extractions led to a narrow face, retracted jaw, and narrow airway.
Read more about the risks in this article by Prof. Karin Badt.
Extracting Premolar Teeth for Orthodontic Treatment: The Risks
Effects of first premolar extraction on airway dimensions in young adolescents:
One of Dr. Mew’s most famous cases involve treating sets of identical twins with different methods: Orthotropics vs. extractions and traditional orthodontics. Twin studies are critical for separating genetic and environmental variables. This video features one of Dr. Mew’s most famous set of twins as grown ups.