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Wisdom Teeth and Orthodontic Treatment

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As we age, our body goes through many changes. One of them is the eruption of the third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth. These teeth typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25, and not everyone will develop them. However, for those who do, it can significantly impact their orthodontic treatment. In this blog post, we will discuss the effects of wisdom teeth on orthodontic treatment and the process of getting them removed while wearing braces or a retainer.

How Wisdom Teeth Can Shift Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge in the mouth. Their arrival can cause various orthodontic problems. Due to their late arrival, there is often limited space left in the mouth for them to grow properly. As a result, they may not have enough room to erupt fully, leading to them becoming impacted or partially erupted.

Impacted teeth are the ones that have not emerged from the gum line fully and can push against the adjacent molars. When this happens, it can cause crowding and misalignment of the teeth, undoing the straightening effect of orthodontic treatment. The pressure exerted by wisdom teeth can also cause discomfort and pain, particularly in the back of the mouth.

Removal While Wearing Braces

If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment and your dentist has determined that the wisdom teeth are likely to interfere with the alignment of your teeth, they may recommend getting them removed. The best time to do this is before the teeth have fully developed and roots have formed. This can typically be done between the ages of 14 and 18. However, some orthodontists may advise delaying the removal until after the braces have been taken off. This will depend on the severity of the case.

If you are wearing braces and need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we will work closely with your oral surgeon to devise a treatment plan. The procedure while wearing braces is similar to that of a regular extraction. However, your oral surgeon will work carefully around the brackets and wires to avoid damaging them. After the extraction, we will make any necessary adjustments to your braces to ensure that the treatment continues uninterrupted.

Getting Wisdom Teeth Removed While Wearing a Retainer

If you have already had orthodontic treatment and are wearing a retainer, wisdom teeth can still pose a risk to your straightened teeth. While wearing a retainer, the teeth can still shift due to the pressure from the emerging wisdom teeth. This can lead to a relapse of your orthodontic treatment.

Fortunately, removal can still be done while wearing a retainer. We will work with your oral surgeon to plan the procedure, and your retainer may need to be adjusted or remade afterward to accommodate the changes in your teeth.

Wisdom teeth can significantly impact orthodontic treatment, whether you are wearing braces or a retainer. It is essential to closely monitor their development and get them removed if necessary to maintain the results of your orthodontic treatment. Always consult with our team for the best course of action for your case. And remember, proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are crucial in preventing potential complications.

At Ogden Orthodontics, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. Schedule your free consultation with us today to discuss your concerns about wisdom teeth and its impact on your orthodontic treatment.

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About the Author: Robert T. Ogden, D.D.S.

Dr. Robert T. Ogden D.D.S. is an independent orthodontist serving Central Florida since 1994, and is proud to be the affordable option for local families who want straight teeth that lead to perfect smiles, all backed by a kind and friendly staff that instantly makes you feel at home. We take the time to explain all of your options, from In-Ovation C clear braces or SPEED System metal braces to clear aligners like Invisalign™. Plus, our state-of-the-art offices are designed to make your visit as fast and comfortable as possible. Schedule your free consultation today!

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