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Will Extractions with Braces Leave You Feeling Ugly?

famous people who have done orthodontic treatment

Kenilworth, IL – The role of an orthodontist is to create a beautiful, healthy, smile housed in a bite that functions properly. It’s a delicate balance that involves scientific and careful planning. In some instances, this planning includes extracting teeth to allow for the remaining teeth to move properly to create the best result.

Some people may be afraid that extracting teeth may be accomplishing the opposite of what they hope to achieve. Orthodontic treatment creates a prettier smile, but won’t removing healthy teeth do just the opposite?

Not so, says Dr. Michael Stosich of Stosich Consulting.

“Some people mistakenly believe that tooth extractions may alter the facial profile, causing a less than ideal look,” says Dr. Stosich. “Some believe that extractions can cause a flat looking face, so they have shied away from using this technique. However, when properly indicated and done, extractions can actually benefit the patient’s profile.”

While it is always ideal to avoid extractions of healthy teeth, for some patients, extraction can actually ensure a better, more stable and long-lasting orthodontic result. This is because some patients simply have a shortage of space, or their crowding is so severe that extractions allow for the most ideal outcome.

Let’s take a look at a real-life example of someone who underwent extractions.


When you think of beauty pageant contestants, you probably think of beautiful, gleaming smiles. Miss Mexico Andrea Meza epitomizes the gorgeous white, straight smile that is often associated with beauty pageants. But she didn’t achieve that smile just through genetics – she had four premolar extractions with orthodontic treatment. Her result – a stunning smile that helped crown her Miss Universe 2021.


She’s not the only one whose winning smile was achieved through extractions, though. Famous faces such as Jeff Bezos, Jada Pinkett Smith, Elon Musk and Tom Brady also paired orthodontic treatment with extractions to get the smiles they proudly show off today.


tom brady orthodontic treatmentAnd in Tom Brady’s case, his smile also was what originally grabbed the attention of his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

Bundchen has said of Brady’s smile, “The moment I saw him, he smiled, and I was like, ‘That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I’ve ever seen!’”

But these smiles don’t come without careful planning and scientifically backed, customized treatment plans. Every patient is different, and every treatment plan must be crafted to meet that patient’s specific needs.

Dr. Stosich has years of experience creating gorgeous smiles and healthy bites that are built to stand the test of time. The result of any orthodontic treatment depends on careful analysis and correct treatment planning in the hands of a skilled orthodontist. If you’re ready to learn how orthodontic treatment can transform your life, call Dr. Stosich at 847-548-4200 (Grayslake) or 224-408-2200 (Kenilworth).


  • Michael S. Stosich, DMD, MS, MS

    Dr. Michael Stosich is a board-certified orthodontist and the director of orthodontics at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is known for his extensive experience in leading clinical enterprises, publishing, and lecturing both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Stosich has expertise in starting, growing, and maintaining successful orthodontic practices, including those in pediatric dentistry, general dentistry, and multi-specialty clinics. He serves on the editorial board of several publications and has been involved in innovating patient care and education, focusing on the future of dental and orthodontic healthcare.

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