The Wise Choice: Questioning Wisdom Teeth & Braces

11 Mar 2019 Uncategorized

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When it comes to orthodontic treatment, including braces – your wisdom teeth may not be the first thing to come to mind. However, the question does come up concerning wisdom teeth. This is often a concern towards the end of treatment (when wisdom teeth tend to erupt). Will my wisdom teeth undo all the work my braces just did?

Wisdom teeth commonly start to erupt in the late teen years, usually around the ages of 17 to 21. When wisdom teeth start to erupt, they can cause some pain or aches in the mouth. Often wisdom teeth are impacted – meaning they are coming through in the wrong direction or the mouth is too small to accommodate these additional teeth. In this scenario, it is common for wisdom teeth to be extracted.

Today’s evidence-based literature, according to Oral Health Group, recommends a more conservative approach of ‘watchful monitoring’. In the past, the answer was often to be proactive and to remove wisdom teeth to prevent any issues from arising. However, third molars, (also known as wisdom teeth), have research to indicate that they have almost nothing to do with causing mandibular incisor crowding.

Did you know, while you are wearing braces, your wisdom teeth can be removed? This is great news because if they do come in, you don’t have to worry about how they will affect your orthodontic treatment. They can be removed and you can continue on your smile journey without any interruptions!

At myORTHODONTIST, we assess wisdom teeth on a case by case basis. We create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. During this planning process, we also review where the wisdom teeth are and if they are a potential issue for treatment. We will not remove wisdom teeth if we do not feel it is necessary. We will take the time to discuss your treatment with you ahead of time and make sure you understand the plan for your smile journey!

Contact us at myORTHODONTIST in Calgary or Okotoks to learn more about orthodontic treatment options!

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